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by Jourdon LaBarber / Buffalo Sabres

Ryan O'Reilly tallied his fifth point of the tournament with an assist on Cody Ceci's power-play goal in the third period, which capped the scoring for Canada in its 4-2 victory over Germany. Canada joins Finland as the two remaining undefeated teams in Group B through four games.

Taylor Hall scored twice for Canada in the victory, first to open the scoring in the first period and then again to break a 2-2 tie in the third. Corey Perry and Boone Jenner also scored goals for the Canadians. Goaltender Cam Talbot made 17 saves on 19 shots for his third win of the tournament.

Sam Reinhart totaled 6:45 of ice time and centered a line with former World Junior linemate Max Domi in the victory for Canada.

USA 4 – FRA 0
Jake McCabe
returned from a two-game absence as Team USA beat France 4-0 for their second win of the IIHF World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia on Thursday. The defenseman had not played since the U.S. opened its tournament last Friday, when he sustained an injury after falling into the boards.

McCabe logged 15:23 of ice time in a game that the U.S. controlled for the final two periods. Chris Wideman opened the scoring on the power play in the second while Connor Murphy and J.T. Compher extended the lead to 3-0 before intermission. Brady Skjei capped the scoring in the third on a feed from Dylan Larkin, giving Larkin his second assist of the game.

U.S. goalie Mike Condon was perfect on 19 save attempts for his second win of the tournament. Team USA is now 2-2-0-0 in Preliminary Round play, tied with Slovakia for third place in Group B with three games remaining. The top four teams in each group advance to quarterfinal play.

Sabres forward Hudson Fasching logged 9:43 of ice time, his single-game high in the tournament thus far.

The U.S. plays next against Hungary on Friday at 9:15 a.m. EST, which will air live on NBCSN beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Zemgus Girgensons and Latvia will play Denmark Friday at 1:15 p.m. EST, while Canada returns to action against Slovakia at the same time on Saturday.

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