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With a 4-2 win over France, the U.S. moved into first in their pool and improved their record to 4-1-0. Paul Stastny had two points in the game and now has eight points in five games.
The U.S. went on the early powerplay as Teddy Da Costa was called for cross-checking, 1:51 in the first.
They had the chance to open the scoring as Cristobal Huet was behind the net to play the puck along with two US forwards but when the puck was finally kicked out, it rolled in front towards the crease but nobody was there to bang in the loose puck and France was able to get it out of the zone and down the ice.
A few minutes later, Matt Carle’s wrister from the point was re-directed in past Cristobal Huet by Stephen Gionta to put US on the board first in the game.
The US extended their lead as Tim Stapleton made a pass to Drew LeBlanc, who held on to the puck long enough to pull Huet out of position before he passed it across the crease to Bobby Bulter and buried it into the wide open net.
Halfway through the second, Paul Stastny was called for slashing and 15-seconds later, Erik Johnson also received a slashing penalty and gave France the two-man advantage for 1:42.
From the point on the five-on-three, Kevin Hecquefeuille made a pass to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, who made a quick pass back to Hecquefeuille and with the one-timer, blasted the puck past Ben Bishop to pull within one.
Just as Johnson’s penalty was expiring, France misplayed the puck on the U.S. blue line. Johnson jumped out of the box and picked up the loose puck to go on the breakaway but Hecquefeuille rushed back in time to break up the scoring chance.
The U.S. almost went up by two goals late in second but the goal had to be reviewed as Nate Thompson’s centering pass to Gionta bounced off the skate of Da Costa and in just as the net was dislodged. After a few minutes of review, the referees waived off the goal but the US remained ahead, 2-1.
Midway through the third, Bobby Butler was called for hooking and on the ensuing powerplay, Sacha Treille almost tied it up as he came into the slot and was able to get a shot off but Bishop got a piece of it to preserve their one goal lead.
In the other end, Craig Smith from behind the net skated in front to try and get a shot off but fanned on the puck. The puck bounced onto the stick of Stastny as he put the puck in the wide open net to extend their lead, 3-1.
Shortly after, the U.S. went on their sixth powerplay in the game as Yorick Treille was called for interference and on the man-advantage, Justin Faulk from the blue line threw the puck on net with David Moss was in front for the re-direct as they take a 4-1 lead over France.
Late in the third right off the faceoff, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare tried to go high glove side but Bishop was able to make the save. The puck bounced out to Treille who tipped the rebound past Bishop to cut the lead in half but the late goal wasn’t enough as the U.S. would hang on to win 4-2.
Jeff Petry was pointless in the game with zero shots on net and 15:13 of ice time.
The U.S. are back on the ice on Sunday as they take on Germany. Puck drop will be at 7:15 A.M. (MT).-- Wendy Mach, edmontonoilers.com
The Edmonton Oilers have six players participating in the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden: Devan Dubnyk, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz (Canada), Ladislav Smid (Czech Republic) and Jeff Petry (United States).