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Rangers players Brandon Dubinsky
and Matt Gilroy, along with prospect Chris Kreider
, helped Team USA win its second straight IIHF World Championship relegation-round game on Sunday, as the Americans beat France 4-0 at Cologne, Germany.
Less than 24 hours after a 10-0 win over Kazakhstan, the victory over the French all but clinched a spot in next year's World Championship. Team USA needs to finish in the top two of the four-team relegatin-round group in order to avoid being dropped out of the Worlds' elite division for 2011. They can guarantee themselves such a finish with a point against Italy on Tuesday or if Kazakhstan beats France.
Dubinsky turned in another remarkable performance with three points, a team-leading six shots on goal, and a plus-3 rating in 15:53 of ice time on the U.S. second line with David Moss and Nick Foligno, who earned Player of the Game honors.
Rangers 2009 first-round draft pick Kreider, skating on the third line with Edmonton's Ryan Potulny and Calgary's Eric Nystrom, saw 12:01 of ice time and finished with one shot on goal. Gilroy, who had a hat trick in the win over Kazakhstan, also had a shot on goal in 11:17 of ice time. He was again paired on defense with Taylor Chorney.
Coming off a five-point performance in the Kazakhstan game, Dubinsky helped get the U.S. on its way to victory over France by picking up an assist on the eventual game-winner linemate Nick Foligno for a 1-0 lead at 4:49 of the second period.
Dubinsky went on to put Team USA ahead 2-0 when he scored at 13:11 of the second off assists from David Moss and Mike Lundin. The goal was Dubinsky's second of the tournament and tournament-leading eighth point. No other U.S. player has more than five points.
T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues added a power play goal for a 3-0 lead at 1:36 of the third period, and Foligno closed out the scoring with an even-strength goal at 13:41. Dubinsky assisted on the goal, giving him three points for the game and eight points in the two weekend games.
The U.S. outshot France 31-10, requiring Florida Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen to make only 10 saves for the win.
Team USA will conclude relegation-round play against Italy on Tuesday. Overall, the Americans are 2-1-2 at this year's tournament. In Sunday's other relegation-round game, Italy beat Kazakhstan 2-1.