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Patrick Kane breaks Miracle on Ice star’s world championship points record

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KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Patrick Kane scored a goal and had two assists to become the United States’ all-time leading scorer at the world hockey championship in 6-3 win over Britain on Wednesday.

The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Olympian finished the game with 36 points, surpassing the 33 points U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Johnson had at the world championships. Johnson led the Americans with 11 goals when they won Olympic gold in 1980.

“It’s special when you think of all the great American players, all the kids that grow up in the USA, dreaming of playing hockey, dreaming of playing for their country,” Kane said. “I’ve really enjoyed this tournament. This is my third time over here. It would be really nice to win it more than anything. The personal achievements and accolades are pretty nice, too.”

The Americans won bronze last year at the world championship in Denmark, where Kane had a tournament-high 20 points and was named MVP. Kane first appeared at the world championship in 2008, when the U.S. was eliminated in the quarterfinals with a loss to Finland.

Kane has helped the U.S. win three straight games in Group A since opening with a loss to the host Slovaks. The Americans have preliminary-round games remaining against Denmark, Germany and Canada.

The British Team, which returned to the top division for the first time in 25 years, had a relatively strong showing after losing to Germany by two goals and getting routed by Canada and Denmark. Mike Hammond scored late in the first period to pull Britain into a 1-all tie. The British team scored in each of the three periods against the U.S. after having only one goal and giving up 20 goals in the previous three games.

Switzerland stayed undefeated in Group B as Andreas Ambuhl scored twice in a 4-1 win over Norway. The Swiss will likely be tested as they close the preliminary round against Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic.

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Brody Roybal’s golden goal lifts U.S. to sled hockey world title

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Brody Roybal scored the world championship-winning golden goal, lifting the U.S. sled hockey team past Canada 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.

Roybal, the PyeongChang Paralympic tournament MVP, beat Canadian goalie Dominic Larocque 5:08 into the extra period. The U.S. forced OT when Princeton junior Declan Farmer scored with 3:26 left in regulation of the final in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The sequence proved similar to last year’s Paralympic final, when Farmer scored a last-minute tying goal and then a golden goal to beat Canada.

The U.S. and Canada have met in four straight world championship finals, trading the biennial titles.

Josh Pauls scored the U.S.’ first goal in the second period. Longtime goalie Steve Cash made eight saves. A full box score is here.

Roybal, born without femurs, was the youngest member of the entire 2014 U.S. Paralympic team at age 15. Last fall, he climbed Chicago’s Willis Tower’s 2,149 stairs using his upper body, arms and hands in 71 minutes (video here).

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U.S. sled hockey rolls into worlds final against familiar rival

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Once again, it’s the U.S. versus Canada for a global sled hockey title.

The border rivals each dominated world championship semifinals in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Friday to set up their fourth straight meeting in the biennial final, one year after the Americans beat the Canadians in the PyeongChang Paralympic overtime final.

The gold-medal game airs live on Olympic Channel on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET. It also streams live on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. NBCSN airs the game at 5:30 p.m.

The U.S., under new coach David Hoff, beat Canada 3-1 in group play last Saturday to open the tournament.

In Friday’s semis, defenseman Jack Wallace scored five goals, leading the U.S.’ 10-2 rout of the host Czechs and running its margin to 27-3 in four total games. That came hours after Canada blanked South Korea 10-0.

Wallace, the second-youngest player on the team at age 20, broke the U.S. single-game goals record at a worlds.

The U.S. roster is headlined by Princeton student Declan Farmer, who scored the last-minute tying goal and golden goal in the PyeongChang final, and longtime goalie Steve Cash.

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