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U.S. tops Latvia to open World tourney

Parise scores, Martin adds three assists in 4-0 victory

Friday, 05.2.2008 / 11:32 PM ET / News
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U.S. tops Latvia to open World tourney

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – On a United States team full of youth, its youngest player led the team to victory Friday night.

Chicago Blackhawks 19-year-old sniper Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists as the U.S. blanked Latvia 4-0 in Day 1 action at the IIHF World World Hockey Championship.

The Americans, who finished fifth at last year's event, sport a roster with just three skaters over 25, and an average age of 24.6.

Kane, the leading candidate for the National Hockey League's rookie-of-the-year award after recording 72 points in 82 games this season, assisted on a first-period marker by Dustin Brown, then added a goal midway through the second on a nice individual effort.

Kane took the puck near Latvia's blue-line, skated in and fired a snap-shot top corner on goaltender Edgars Masalskis.

Kane also fired a shot that resulted in Brown's goal 7:21 into the first. His shot was stopped, but Brown put in the rebound near the Latvian crease.

Kane's third point came seven minutes into the third. He skated in the slot, and found Zach Parise at the side of goal, who took two whacks before scoring.

Patrick O'Sullivan rounded out the scoring for the Americans, who scored all of their goals with the man-advantage. New Jersey Devils blueliner Paul Martin added three assists.

Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas delivered a solid performance, stopping 24 shots. Latvia had several good opportunities to score, but Thomas came up with a number of highlight-reel stops. His best came late in the third, when after stopping the first Latvian shot, he spun around backwards, and with the paddle of his stick kept the rebound attempt out.

American forward Lee Stempniak was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway shortly after Kane's goal in the second. Stempniak couldn't beat Masalskis, who closed his pads to stop a shot five-hole. Masalskis was Latvia's best player, finishing with 45 saves.

The Americans have Saturday off before returning to action Sunday night against Slovenia, which lost 5-1 to Canada earlier Friday.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
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12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
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C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59