Sidney Crosby scored two goals Friday to lift Team Canada to a 5-3 win over Denmark at the World Championships in Latvia.
Crosby, who became the youngest NHL player ever to reach 102 points this season with the Penguins, kept up his strong play for Canada. He scored the team’s second and fourth goals.
Canada grabbed a 1-0 lead on a Brad Boyes goal. Crosby had a power-play goal from Boyes and Patrice Bergeron 7:18 into the game. Mike Comrie boosted Canada’s lead to 3-0.
Denmark stormed back for three goals in the second period. However, Crosby’s second tally 3:17 into the third period was the difference. Bergeron assisted on the goal. Mike Richards sealed the game with another goal for Canada.
Marc Denis earned the win in goal for Canada, which returns to action Sunday against Norway.
USA 3, Norway 1
Penguins forwards Ryan Malone and Andy Hilbert both had assists in Team USA’s opening victory.
Norway grabbed a 1-0 lead through the first period. However, Dustin Brown collected a hat-trick to give the Americans the triumph. Hilbert set up Brown’s first goal, while Malone assisted on his third tally of the day. Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik also played for the United States and had two penalty minutes.
Craig Anderson earned the win in goal for Team USA, which returns to action Sunday against Denmark.
Penguins forward Tomas Surovy and his Slovakia teammates open action Saturday against Belarus, while Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin and Russian begin tournament play Saturday against Kazakhstan.
For more information on the tournament, check out iihf.com.