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.

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