Larkin’s OT goal gives U.S. win over Finland in Worlds
Dylan Larkin was there when Team USA needed him on Monday.
His goal 3:47 into overtime gave the United States a 3-2 win over Finland and its second consecutive win in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Kosice, Slovakia.
The Red Wings’ Larkin took a pass at the blue line from defenseman Quinn Hughes, skated into the slot and beat goalie Veini Vehvilainen with a wrist shot.
“We’re taking steps in the right direction, and that’s great to see,” U.S. and Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said on the USA Hockey website. “They’re (Finland) a tough team to play against, and I give our guys a lot of credit. They battled hard all game long and deserved to get rewarded with points.”
The United States defeated France 7-1 on Sunday after dropping its opener, 4-1, to host Slovakia on Friday.
Cory Schneider made 24 saves for Team USA on Monday, and defenseman Brady Skjei and Johnny Gaudreau scored the other goals. Jack Eichel had two assists.
“We're getting better every day, and today was another improvement against a good team,” U.S. center Derek Ryan said on the IIHF website. “That's the kind of tournament this is. I like our chances in the end.”
The U.S. is 1-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L), good for five points.
The game was billed as a matchup between Team USA’s Jack Hughes and Finland’s Kaapo Kakko, who are expected to go 1-2 in the NHL draft on June 21-22 in Vancouver.
Neither had a point on Tuesday. Kakko scored five goals in Finland’s first two games.
Larkin had two assists and Alex DeBrincat (Farmington Hills) scored twice in the win over France on Sunday.
The U.S. next plays on Wednesday when it faces Great Britain (10:15 a.m.).
The Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha has seven points in Canada’s last two games. He had a goal and an assist on Monday in Canada’s 6-5 win over Slovakia – in which Mark Stone’s power-play goal broke a tie with less than two seconds left – after two goals and three assists in Canada’s 8-0 win over Great Britain on Sunday.
Detroit agreed to a one-year deal with Finnish defenseman Oliwer Kaski on Monday.
Kaski, 23 and 6-3, 187 pounds, is a mobile, right-shot defenseman.
He had an assist in Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the United States, his only point in Finland’s three games.
Kaski had 19 goals and 51 points in 59 games for Pelicans in Finland’s SM-liiga this season. He spent the previous two seasons with HIFK Helsinki.
He played at Western Michigan in 2015-16 (four goals, 12 points in 31 games) before returning to Finland after just one game the following season.