Trevor Moore scored twice in the second period and the United States bounced back from an opening-game loss in a big way on Sunday, defeating Canada 5-1 at the world hockey championships.
Maxime Comtois had the lone goal for Canada, which is tied with Italy for last place in Group B after its second straight defeat.
“It’s a huge win,” Moore said. “Any time that you play a U.S.-Canada game you want to be on the right side of it, especially for a USA player.”
With the Stanley Cup playoffs in full swing, and many other NHL players from eliminated teams deciding not to participate in the worlds, Team USA’s roster is not as star-laden as in years past.
As such, coach Jack Capuano has a collection of largely young NHLers and players from the American Hockey League, in addition to some NHL veterans like Brian Boyle, 36, who were not on active rosters this season.