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Eichel's assist caps 6-1 win for USA over Slovakia

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jack Eichel's third-period assist to Anders Lee capped the scoring in a 6-1 victory for Team USA over Slovakia in Cologne, Germany on Sunday. The U.S. has now won five games in a row since its tournament-opening loss to Germany and sits atop the Group A standing with 15 points. 

The victory also clinches a spot for Team USA in the quarterfinal round.

Johnny Gaudreau led Team USA with three points (2+1), boosting his team-leading point total to nine. Gaudreau is also tied with France's Stephane Da Costa for the tournament lead with six goals. 

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Clayton Keller opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the tournament at the 8:12 mark of the first period. Team USA poured it on in the second, outscoring Slovakia 3-1 in the period with goals from Gaudreau, Christian Dvorak and Jacob Trouba. 

Gaudreau scored once more early in the third period, and Lee capped the scoring with a power-play goal on a crossing feed from Eichel toward the net. 

Eichel skated 16:47 and tallied three shots. He has four assists and a team-high 26 shots through six games.

Team USA will conclude its preliminary round schedule against Russia, which sits just one point back with a game in hand, on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. The game can be seen live on NBCSN, or streamed on nbcsports.com and the NBC Sports app. 

Ryan O'Reilly (Canada) and Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia) will both be back in action on Monday. The Canadians will look to rebound from their first loss of the tournament against Norway at 10:15 a.m., while Latvia will try to keep a hold on the fourth seed in Group A against Russia at 2:15 p.m.

Both games can be seen live on NHL Network.  

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