By @MichaelCaples –
It took a highlight-reel play from captain Patrick Kane, but in the end, Team USA has advanced to the semifinals of the IIHF Men’s World Championship.
The Chicago Blackhawks star made Red Wings prospect Filip Hronek fall over at the blue line before scoring the game-winning goal in the Americans’ 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic today in Denmark.
Welp, Patty Kane just made Filip Hronek fall over at the blue line. 😳 pic.twitter.com/SrnS4MlYTi
— Michael Caples (@michaelcaples) May 17, 2018
Team USA will now face the winner of Sweden vs. Latvia in the semifinals; that game will take place on Saturday. The time has not been finalized, but it will be broadcasted live on NHL Network.
The game-winning tally was the second of the game for Kane; the NTDP alum also scored Team USA’s first goal at the 10:36 mark of the first period.
Kane currently leads the tournament in scoring with 19 points in eight games.
Cam Atkinson extended the Team USA lead to 2-0 roughly two minutes later; the Czechs clawed back to start the third period in a 2-2 tie.
Keith Kinkaid was once again between the pipes for Team USA; he made 24 saves to earn the victory.