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U.S. defeats Belarus in worlds

Updated: May 10, 2012, 8:43 PM ET
Associated Press

HELSINKI -- Tampa Bay center Nate Thompson broke the tie at the end of the second period to help the United States beat Belarus 5-3 on Thursday in the world hockey championships.

Justin Abdelkader, Cam Atkinson, Bobby Ryan and Paul Stastny also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for the United States, 2-1-1 in Group A play.

Alexei Ugarov, Alexei Kalyuzhny and Yevgeni Kovyrshin scored for Belarus.

In the other Group A game, Finland beat France 7-1. Mikko Koivu had a goal and ...

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