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USA beats Russia at World Hockey Championships

The United States beat defending champion Russia, 4-2, on Monday in the Czech Republic for its third straight win at the ice hockey world championship. Team USA leads Group P in pool play with nine points, three ahead of Russia.

Torey Krug put the U.S. ahead, 2-1, in the second period during a two-man advantage, and Mark Arcobello made it 3-1 in the third. Sergei Plotnikov cut it to 3-2 when the puck deflected into the goal off defenseman Seth Jones, but Brock Nelson scored an empty netter with nine seconds left.

USA will play Belarus on Thursday.

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Sergei Plotnikov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Sergei Plotnikov (R) of Russia celebrates his goal with his team-mates Artyom Anisimov (L) during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Jack Campbell,
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Jack Campbell, goalkeeper of USA, in action during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Artyom Anisimov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Artyom Anisimov (L) of Russia and Jack Eichel (R) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of USA celebrate after the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Justin Faulk
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Justin Faulk (C) of USA battles for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Ilya Kovalchuk
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Ilya Kovalchuk (L) of Russia and Trevor Lewis (R) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Trevor Lewis
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Trevor Lewis (R) of USA battles for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Sergei Plotnikov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Sergei Plotnikov (R) of Russia celebrates his goal with his team-mates Artyom Anisimov (L) during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of USA celebrate during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Nikolai KUlyomin
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Nikolai KUlyomin (L) of Russia and Steve Moses (R) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Nikolai Kulyomin
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Nikolai Kulyomin (R) of Russia and Torey Krug (L) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yegor Yakovlev
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yegor Yakovlev of Russia lies injured during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Torey Krug
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Torey Krug of USA smiles during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Nikolai Kulyomin
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Nikolai Kulyomin (L) of Russia and Torey Krug (R) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Sergei Shirokov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Sergei Shirokov (R) of Russia and Matt Hendricks (L) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of Russia celebrate during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Vladimir Tarasenko
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Vladimir Tarasenko (L) of Russia and Mark Arcobello (R) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players in
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players in action during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yevgeni Dadonov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yevgeni Dadonov (R) of Russia and Matt Hendricks (L) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Viktor Antipin
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Viktor Antipin (R) of Russia and Jack Eichel (L) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Artyom Anisimov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Artyom Anisimov (L) of Russia and Mike Reilly (R) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yevgeni Dadonov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yevgeni Dadonov (R) of Russia and Matt Hendricks (L) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Artemi Panarin
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Artemi Panarin (R) of Russia and Steve Moses (C) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Anton Belov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Anton Belov (R) of Russia tries to score against Jack Campbell (L), goalkeeper of USA, during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Russia's Viktor Tikhonov (L) falls down after a
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Russia's Viktor Tikhonov (L) falls down after a face off with Jack Eichel of US during the group B preliminary round ice hockey match Russia vs USA of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship on May 4, 2015 at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Sergei Shirokov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Sergei Shirokov (R) of Russia and Connor Murphy (L) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Russia's Yegor Yakovlev (R) and Ben Smith of
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Russia's Yegor Yakovlev (R) and Ben Smith of US fight for a puck during the group B preliminary round ice hockey match Russia vs USA of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship on May 4, 2015 at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

Russia's Artemi Panarin, left, and Jack Eichel of
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Russia's Artemi Panarin, left, and Jack Eichel of US follow a puck during the group B preliminary round ice hockey match of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship on May 4, 2015 at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava.

US goaltender Jack Campbell (R) makes a save
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US goaltender Jack Campbell (R) makes a save from Russia's Sergei Plotnikov during the group B preliminary round ice hockey match Russia vs USA of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship on May 4, 2015 at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

Russia's Artemi Panarin (R) and Justin Faulk of
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Russia's Artemi Panarin (R) and Justin Faulk of US fight for a puck during the group B preliminary round ice hockey match Russia vs USA of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship on May 4, 2015 at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

John Moore Jr (L) of US and Russia's
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John Moore Jr (L) of US and Russia's Sergei Plotnikov chase a puck during the group B preliminary round ice hockey match Russia vs USA of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship on May 4, 2015 at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

Torey Krug of USA, left, shoots to score
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Torey Krug of USA, left, shoots to score past Russia's goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovski, second from right, during the Hockey World Championships Group B match in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Viktor Antipin
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Viktor Antipin (R) of Russia and Jack Eichel (L) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Nick Bonino (L) of US and Russia's Sergei
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Nick Bonino (L) of US and Russia's Sergei Plotnikov fight for a puck during the group B preliminary round ice hockey match Russia vs USA of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship on May 4, 2015 at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Vladimir Tarasenko
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Vladimir Tarasenko (L) of Russia and John Moore (R) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of USA celebrate their goal during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yevgeni Dadonov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yevgeni Dadonov (R) of Russia and Ben Smith (L) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yevgeni Malkin
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yevgeni Malkin (C) of Russia and Nick Bonino (L) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Vladimir Tarasenko
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Vladimir Tarasenko (L) of Russia and Mark Arcobello (R) of USA battle for the puck during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Vadim Shipachyov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Vadim Shipachyov (L) of Russia tries to score against Jack Campbell, goalkeeper of USA, during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of Russia celebrate their goal during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Jack Campbell,
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Jack Campbell, goalkeeper of USA, concedes a goal during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Players of Russia celebrate their goal during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Russia's Yevgeni Malkin, left, is challenged by John
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Russia's Yevgeni Malkin, left, is challenged by John Moore JR of USA, right, during the Hockey World Championships Group B match in Ostrava, Czech Republic, Monday, May 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yevgeni Dadonov
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OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04: Yevgeni Dadonov (L) of Russia celebrates a goal scored by his team-mate during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Artemi Panarin (L) of Russia tackles down Connor
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Artemi Panarin (L) of Russia tackles down Connor Murphy of US during the group B preliminary round ice hockey match Russia vs USA of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship on May 4, 2015 at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

Russian hockey fan is watching the group B
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Russian hockey fan is watching the group B preliminary round ice hockey match Russia vs USA of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship on May 4, 2015 at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

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