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Team USA takes down Switzerland at Worlds, gets Finland rematch in quarters

May 15, 2012, 5:04 PM EST

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They may not have finished first in their group, but Team USA is on fire heading into the elimination round at the World Championships.

After taking down Switzerland 5-2 in their final preliminary round game, the United States is off to the quarterfinals with a rematch against host Finland up next as they aim to land a medal. Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists while Jimmy Howard stopped 25 shots to lock down the win. Bobby Ryan also added a goal and an assist.

Team USA finishes the preliminary round going 4-2-0-1, their best opening round since 1939. With Team USA’s win, they avoided finishing behind both Finland and Slovakia who each won their final games. Canada will face Slovakia in Group H’s other quarterfinal match-up.

Now the Americans will have a Thursday date in the quarters against a Finnish team they dominated over the weekend in a 5-0 win (watch that game live at 11:30 a.m. ET Thursday on NBCSN). Team USA won’t be able to get revenge on Anssi Salmela for his brutal hit from behind on Alex Goligoski in that game as Salmela was suspended for three games by the IIHF. At this point in the tournament, the Americans will happily settle for another win over revenge.

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  1. bhawkce - May 15, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    hey, where is everyone that said the u.s. team was crappy? they all harped on how bad the no names were when the lost cane out. the gritty team is doing the dirty work right now. granted alot of countries don’t have their big super stars..just trying to give these young guys their props.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - May 15, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    As a Canadian I’ve been impressed with the Americans who do lack star power. It’s a great opportunity for “unknown” guys like Jim Slater making a bame for themselves. Having said that, I think it’s a stretch to say the States is “on fire” after beating Switzerland. This isn’t downhill skiing after all. Finland will be a real test & should an exciting game

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