Team USA skates away with a huge overtime win at the World Championship

May 13, 2019 - 6:56 pm

(WGR 550) - Team USA went to 2-1 at the World Championship on Monday with a hard fought 3-2 overtime win over Finland. The U.S. has five points thanks to a three-point win and a two-point win.

Finland has seven points with two three-point wins and one-point for the overtime loss.

Dylan Larkin Det. has been getting a lot to do for this team because his coach in Detroit, Jeff Blashill is the coach of Team USA. Blashill put an “A” on Larkin’s sweater and put him on the top line with Pat Kane Chi. and Alex DeBrincat Chi.

Larkin had two assists in the 8-0 win over France, but struggled in this game against Finland. That ended at 3:47 of the O/T when the three Finnish players on the ice all froze allowing Larkin to walk right in down the slot and beat Veine Vehvilainen for the win.

Jack Eichel was on the ice for that goal and assisted on the other two Team USA goals. Brady Skjei N.Y.R. scored a goal and was voted Team USA’s most valuable player for the game, but I thought Eichel was their best player by far.

Right off the hop Eichel flew up ice on a breakout and was dangerous coming in. He also made a great play getting back defensively late in the first period with his team up a goal.

Eichel got the puck to DeBrincat who put it back to the left point and Skjei. The defenseman's shot wasn’t tipped or screened and there’s no question Vehvilainen should’ve had it.

Later in the period Eichel did a really good job on the draw getting the puck to Johnny Gaudreau Calg. cutting behind him. The winger got down below the goal line and scored from an impossible angle be shooting the puck off the side of Vehvilainen’s head.

Eichel played 18:52 in this game and has no goals and four assists in the tournament’s first three games.

In this game Eichel was just 6-10 on faceoffs.

Cory Schneider N.J. was no better at the other end of the ice as Harri Pesonen beat him short side to make it 2-1 at the end of one.

Finland then just choked the life out of the game hoping to capitalize on a U.S. mistake and Colin White Ott. obliged big time. After the whistle late in the second period White decided it would be a brilliant idea to cross check one of the Finns as he skated by. Finland scored on the power play at 19:28 and they went into the third period tied.

Schneider finished with 24 saves while Vehvilainen had 26.

Team USA is off until Wednesday when it faces Great Britain.

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