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Girgensons, Eichel, O'Reilly all win at Worlds on Sunday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Ryan O'Reilly, Jack Eichel and Zemgus Girgensons were all victorious on Sunday at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. O'Reilly and the Canadians defeated Slovenia 7-2 while Eichel and Team USA downed Denmark by the same score, and in late-day preliminary round action, Girgensons and the Latvians beat Slovakia 3-1. 

 

LAT 3 - SVK 1

LAT - SVK

Girgensons notched a goal and an assist to earn Player of the Game honors in Latvia's win over Slovakia. Latvia is now 2-0-0 and in first place in Group A.  

The Latvians took an early lead in Germany midway through the first period on a floater from Janis Sprukts. Girgensons was crashing the net as the puck went in past Jan Laco and picked up the secondary assist.

Girgensons then tallied on the power-play 7:26 into the second, drifting into the slot and one-timing the puck in to make it 2-0. 

Slovakia scored midway through the third, but Latvia quickly regained its two-goal advantage with a power-play goal. The Latvians weathered some late pressure from Slovakia in the final minutes to hold on for the three points. Elvis Merzlikins made 29 saves for Latvia. All four goals in the game came on the man advantage.

 

USA 7 - DEN 2

USA - DEN

Coyotes prospect Clayton Keller netted a hat trick for Team USA in the victory at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany. The Americans are now 1-1-0 through two games.

Eichel picked up the primary assist on Anders Lee's power-play goal that made it 5-2 with 2:23 remaining in the second period. Lee scored twice in the game, and Johnny Gaureau (1+1) and Brock Nelson (1+0 also lit the lamp. 

Eichel put three shots on net and was a minus-1 in 16:57 of ice time. He's centered a line featuring Lee and Gaudreau.

The Americans led the whole way, taking a 3-1 lead over Denmark into the first intermission and extending it to 6-2 with four second-period goals (three of those goals came in the final 3:06 of the second). The U.S. power play went 3-for-6 over the course of the night. 

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 shots in net. Cal Petersen served as the third goaltender and did not dress.


SLO 2 - CAN 7 

SLO - CAN

O'Reilly finished with two shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in 15:08 of action against Slovenia while skating on the top line with Mark Scheifele and Matt Duchene. 

However, it was Nathan MacKinnon (3+1) and defenseman Tyson Barrie (1+3) who led the way for the Canadians at AccorHotels Arena in Paris. Travis Konecny produced three assists while Jeff Skinner (1+1) and Mitch Marner (1+1) also finished with multi-point outings. Chad Johnson made 10 saves on 12 shots.  

Canada got off to a quick start, leading 3-0 after the first period. They then extended that lead to 6-1 heading into the third. 

Barrie leads the tournament with six points through two games. Canada is 2-0-0 and sits alone atop Group B. 


Up next

On Monday, Canada will face Belarus at 10 a.m., and the United States will play Sweden at 2 p.m. Both games can be seen live on NHL Network. Team USA's game will also be available live on the NBC Sports app and at NBCSports.com

Latvia is on the schedule again Tuesday at 10 a.m. with a match against Italy.

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