HERNING, Denmark — Cam Atkinson scored the winner as the United States prevailed over Canada 5-4 after a penalty shootout in their opening game at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Friday.
Also on Friday, Olympic champion Russia thrashed France 7-0.
Dylan Larkin scored twice for the U.S. to hand Canada a bitter start to its quest for a third world title in four years.
“Hopefully, we’ll get better as the tournament goes on,” said U.S. captain Patrick Kane, who is playing his first worlds in 10 years. “We can play better than that.”
Both teams wasted a power play in overtime, and so the Group B game in Herning was decided in the shootout.
Larkin tied the score 43 seconds into the second, knocking in a backhand pass from Chris Kreider.
“We had a sloppy first period but Keith was unbelievable tonight,” Larkin said. “We’re gonna need him through the tournament to play like that.”
Kinkaid made 40 saves as Canada outshot the U.S. 44-25.
“After the first, we settled in and it was nice to get tied up and to get a lead. And he did the rest,” Larkin said.
Midway through the second, forward Johnny Gaudreau scored after Kane fed him a cross to put the U.S. 3-2 ahead.
Anthony Beauvillier answered for Canada on a rebound.
Larkin added his second 3:27 into the final period for the 4-3 lead.
In Copenhagen, Kirill Kaprizov, Pavel Buchnevich and Evgenii Dadonov struck goals midway through the opening period to put Russia in command of its Group A game. Kaprizov added his second in the middle period.
Later Friday, defending champion Sweden played Belarus, and Olympic runner-up Germany faced host Denmark.