Team USA gets shut out by former Sabre Anders Nilsson at the World Championship

The Americans will play for bronze on Sunday

Paul Hamilton
May 19, 2018 - 12:03 pm

Photo: Petr David Josek - Associated Press


(WGR 550) - Team USA came out in the first period and dominated Sweden, but former Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson (VAN) was spectacular, stopping 16 pucks in the first period. The Swedes then got their legs and cruised to their 16th straight win at the World Championship, 6-0.

Nilsson made 41 saves, but it was a 3:07 span of the second period where Team USA imploded. Johnny Gaudreau (CALG) didn’t like being hit by Hampus Lindholm (ANA), so he got up and swung his stick at Lindholm and took one of the dumbest most undisciplined penalties you’ll ever see.

Magnus Paajarvi (OTT) had just scored shorthanded to make it 2-0 and Patric Hornqvist (PITT) connected on the power play. Gaudreau’s stupidity took away any chance to play for a gold medal.

Sweden made it 4-0 just 11-seconds after Hornqvist scored and that wrapped up three goals in 3:07 for Sweden. Viktor Arvidsson (NASH) had two goals for Sweden.

Gaudreau does have nine points in nine games in the tournament, but he only has one goal. Anders Lee of the Islanders scored 40 goals this season, but he only has three goals in nine games.

The three top players for Team USA in the tournament were revealed after the game. They were the tournaments leading scorer with 19 points in nine games, Patrick Kane (CHI), goalie Keith Kinkaid (NJ) and winger Cam Atkinson (CLM) who has seven goals in nine games.

Kinkaid gave up five goals to Sweden, making just 14 saves. In eight games, Kinkaid has a 2.46 goals against and .906 save percentage.

Nilsson has played six games and leads the tournament with a 1.00 goals against and .959 save percentage.

Sabres center Johan Larsson has no goals and one assist in nine games for Sweden. Larsson played 11:33 against the Americans with no shots.

The United States has now lost two of its last three after winning its first six. Team USA will play for bronze on Sunday against Canada. The U.S. beat Canada in a shootout to start the tournament. 

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