World Championship Update: 20.05.14
CALGARY, AB -- Johnny Gaudreau is at it again.
The 20-year-old recorded a goal and three assists to lift the United States to a 5-4 victory over Germany at the 2014 IIHF World Championship on Tuesday.
Gaudreau assisted on Justin Abdelkader’s opening goal at 1:44 of the second period with a nifty behind-the-net, spinning, no-look pass to put Team USA up 1-0. Tied 2-2 later in the period, the Calgary Flames prospect helped his team temporarily restore their one goal lead by earning his second helper of the game on Matt Donovan’s goal at 12:53.
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound forward broke another tie and restored the US lead at 12:24 of the third period after stickhanding around German defenceman Moritz Muller before beating goaltender Danny Aus den Birken to the short side.
He added his third assist on Abdelkader’s eventual game-winner with 4:16 remaining in regulation.
Gaudreau’s four-point effort lifts him into fifth in tournament scoring with two goals and eight assists in seven games. His 10 points lead all United States’ skaters and helped the United States finish second in Group B.
Leon Draisaitl, a consensus top-10 pick for the 2014 NHL Draft, had a goal and two assists for Germany in the loss.
Sean Monahan, Calgary’s top pick (No. 6) in the 2013 NHL Draft, recorded an assist in 11:38 of ice time to help Canada to a 3-2 victory over Norway. With the win, Canada clinched first in Group A.
Monahan finishes the round robin portion of the schedule with two points -- both assists -- and a plus-3 rating while averaging 8:18 of action through seven contests.
With a 5-4 overtime win over France, Jiri Hudler’s Czech Republic finished third in Group A. Hudler was held pointless in 13:55 of action to keep his total at one goal and four points through the round robin.
Mikael Backlund and Sweden concluded the round robin portion of their schedule Monday. The 25-year-old recorded four goals and an assist to help his club finish second in Group A.