Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Defeats France, 4-2

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Defeats France, 4-2

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The United States beat France, 4-2, for its fourth win at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki. Finland overtook the group lead from the Americans with a 7-2 win against Austria but has a game more played, meaning the U.S. can clinch the top seed for the quarterfinals if it wins its last two round-robin matches against Germany and Slovakia.

"It would be great to finish No. 1, it would show we have accomplished something, but we have two tough games left," U.S. head coach Joe Sacco said. Stephen Gionta and Bobby Butler gave the Americans a 2-0 lead in the first period, and captain Paul Stastny and David Moss added goals in the third.

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