Hockey: Team USA Looks Impressive Early in IIHF World Championships

Steve JankowskiAnalyst IMay 4, 2008

The IIHF Men's World Championships are in their early stages, but Team USA has looked impressive in two group-stage wins over Latvia and Slovenia.

In the opener, the Americans shut out Latvia, 4-0, as Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins stopped all 24 shots he faced to get the shutout.

All four U.S. goals were scored via the power play.

Dustin Brown, Patrick Kane, Zach Parise and Patrick O'Sullivan scored for the Americans.

Kane also added two assists, for a three-point effort in his first game for his country.

All told, Team USA was 4-for-9 with the man-advantage, and fired 49 shots on goal.

On Sunday night against Slovenia, the Americans won again in dominating fashion, winning 5-1 to improve to 2-0 in group play heading into the final pool play game Tuesday against Canada.

Phil Kessel recorded a hat trick for the Americans, and Team USA scored three more power-play goals in the win.  Patrick Kane added another goal, and David Booth also scored.

The Americans fired 37 shots on goal and allowed only 12.  Tim Thomas stopped 11 of those 12 shots to earn his second win in the tournament. 

The U.S. power play went 3-for-5 in this game and is 7-for-14 in the tournament.

Next up for the Americans is a showdown with Canada on Tuesday.  The winner will win the pool heading into elimination round play.