The U.S. lost to Russia in the elimination rounds of the men’s hockey world championship for the third time in five years, falling 4-3 in the quarterfinals in Slovakia on Thursday.
The U.S., captained by 2010 Olympic silver medalist Patrick Kane, extended its world title drought. The last gold at a standalone worlds came in 1933. The Americans lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 and earned bronze in 2018, sandwiching an Olympic quarterfinal exit in PyeongChang without NHL players.
The Russians, with stalwarts Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk, get Finland in Saturday’s semifinals. The other semifinal pits Canada against the Czech Republic.
Canada escaped Switzerland in the quarterfinals. New Jersey Devils defenseman Damon Severson scored with .4 of a second left to force overtime. Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone tallied the game winner.
NHL All-Stars Jack Eichel, Ryan Suter and Cory Schneider adorned the U.S. team, with Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill at the helm for a third straight year. Earlier in the tournament, Kane passed Miracle on Ice star Mark Johnson for the U.S. record for most points in world championship history.
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