The U.S. and Canada renew their men’s hockey rivalry in the World Championship medal round for the first time in 25 years, live on NBC Sports Live Extra on Saturday.
The Americans haven’t finished higher than third at Worlds since 1960, when they won the title. They earned bronze two of the previous three years at Worlds, beating the Czech Republic in the 2015 bronze-medal game.
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Earlier at Worlds, Canada trounced the U.S. 5-1 in their group-play opener on May 6. The U.S. also lost to Finland, Germany and Slovakia in group play, squeaking into the quarterfinals in the last qualifying spot in its group.
In Thursday’s quarterfinals, the U.S. edged the Czech Republic 2-1 in a shootout. Reigning World champion Canada routed Sweden 6-0 in a rematch of the Sochi Olympic final.
The U.S. roster at Worlds includes zero Olympians and, though it has many NHL players, two have made an NHL All-Star team (Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings).
Canada, the reigning World champion, has a more decorated roster of NHL players, including Corey Perry, Matt Duchene, Brad Marchand and Taylor Hall.