Sunday, May 13, 2012
U.S. tops Finland 5-0 at worlds
ESPN.com news services
HELSINKI -- Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens opened the scoring and the United States rolled to a 5-0 victory over defending champion Finland at the ice hockey world championships on Sunday.
Kyle Palmieri of the Anaheim Ducks added a goal in the second period, followed two minutes later by a power play goal by Justin Faulk.
Chris Butler of the Calgary Flames and Bobby Ryan closed out the scoring for the U.S team.
Finland goalie Kari Lehtonen, who plays for the Dallas Stars, left Sunday's game with a lower body injury after a collision with Ryan.
Ryan fell on Lehtonen in the Finnish crease with just over seven minutes left. Lehtonen left the game and was replaced by Petri Vehanen. There was no immediate word on the severity of Lehtonen's injury.
The Finns also lost to Canada in the round-robin tournament.
Canada tops Group A with 16 points, followed by the U.S. with 13 points and Finland with 12. If Finland beats Kazakhstan on Monday, it will again face the U.S. team in Thursday's quarterfinal.
Information from ESPNDallas.com's Mark Stepneski and The Associated Press was used in this report.