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Johnny Gaudreau breaks record in U.S. win over Kazakhstan

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OSTRAVA, Czechia — Johnny Gaudreau reached an impressive milestone in Team USA’s 10-1 win over Kazakhstan on Sunday at the 2024 IIHF Men’s World Championships.

Gaudreau, a forward for the Columbus Blue Jackets, broke the Americans’ all-time assists and points record thanks to his five-point performance. Both of those records were previously held by Patrick Kane.

In addition to Gaudreau’s five-point night, Matt Boldy also had an impressive game, registering two goals and four assists, while Brady Tkachuk netted a hat trick in the victory.

Speaking of record-breaking performances, Brock Nelson also inched closer to breaking a Team USA record, scoring a goal on Sunday to tie the American all-time goals record at the tournament. He needs one more to outright own the title that was previously held by Russell ‘Buzz’ Johnson.

Team USA is now 4-2 in the preliminary round of the international tournament with wins over Kazakhstan, Germany, France and Poland and losses to Sweden and Slovakia (in overtime). The U.S. is now in second place in Group B, just two points behind Sweden and one point ahead of both Germany and Slovakia. Poland, Kazakhstan, France and Latvia sit at the bottom of the group.

“We continue to move forward as a group and I like how committed we were to playing the way we need to play to be successful as we head down the home stretch of the world championship,” said John Hynes, the head coach of the 2024 U.S. Men’s National Team and the head coach of the Minnesota Wild, in a press release from USA Hockey. “We’ll look forward to playing Latvia on Tuesday, and that’s our sole focus.”

In the win over Kazakhstan, the U.S. out-shot its opponent by a 58-14 margin. Team USA potted four power-play goals in the contest, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 13 saves in the victory.

Up next for the Americans is another preliminary round game, this time against Latvia at 9:20 a.m. CT Tuesday.

USA 10, Kazakhstan 1

USA: 4-3-3—10
KAZ: 0-0-1—1

First period scoring — 1. USA, Matt Boldy (Brock Nelson, Luke Hughes) 4:37; 2. USA, Brady Tkachuk (Zach Werenski, Johnny Gaudreau) 7:16 (pp); 3. USA, Brock Nelson (Jake Sanderson, Boldy) 16:50; 4. USA, Tkachuk (Werenski, Gaudreau) 18:28 (pp)
Penalties — KAZ, Artyom Korolyov (interference) 7:08; KAZ, Kirill Savitskiy (hooking) 18:21; KAZ, Yevgeniy Rymarev (tripping) 18:33

Second period scoring — 5. USA, Gavin Brindley (Matthew Kessel, Luke Kunin) 21:39; 6. USA, Boldy (Gaudreau, Tkachuk) 23:32 (pp); 7. USA, Kunin (Boldy, Werenski) 31:04
Penalties — KAZ, Samat Daniyar (interference) 22:45; KAZ, Bench Minor – Too Many Men (served by Dmitriy Breus) 26:22; USA, Nelson (holding the stick) 36:52

Third period scoring —8. USA, Tkachuk (Boldy, Gaudreau) 45:21 (pp); 9. USA, Kevin Hayes (Jeff Petry) 45:42; 1. KAZ, Alikhan Omirbekov (Artyom Korolyov, Roman Starchenko) 46:57; 10. USA, Gaudreau (Boldy) 50:06
Penalties — USA, Hughes (delay of game) 41:27; KAZ, Maxim Mukhametov (tripping) 44:07; KAZ, Kirill Savitskiy (tripping) 54:20

Shots on goal — USA, 20-25-13—58; KAZ, 5-4-5—14
Goalie saves — USA, Alex Nedeljkovic 5-4-4—13 (1GA); KAZ, Nikita Boyarkin 16-22-0—38 (7GA); KAZ, Andrey Shutov 0-0-10—10 (3GA)

Penalties-minutes: USA, 2-4; KAZ, 7-14
Power-play goals—opportunities: USA, 4-7; KAZ, 0-2

Referees — Riku Brander, Tomas Hronsky
Linespeople — Oto Durmis, Anders Nyqvist

Attendance — 8468

Sydney Wolf is a reporter for The Rink Live, primarily covering youth and high school hockey. She joined the team in November of 2021 and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric Studies.

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