Two goals from Team USA captain Patrick Kane has USA Hockey in the semifinals of the 2018 IIHF World Championships after USA defeated the Czech Republic 3-2 on Thursday.
Kane used his speed to separate from the Czech defense and scored in the middle of the first period:
Patrick Kane gives Team USA a 1-0 lead, Derek Ryan assists pic.twitter.com/A5QqY5fKaI— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) May 17, 2018
Cam Atkinson added a tally a few minutes later to give Team USA an early 2-0 lead. But the Czechs would rally back, tying the game at two by the end of the second period.
In the third, Kane got a golden scoring opportunity and made no mistake:
Here’s a closer look at the goal, just because:
The semifinal game for Team USA will be on Saturday, with the start time for that game to be announced. As the team progresses deeper into the tournament, it has a chance to erase a long medal drought for USA Hockey at the tournament:
If USA manages to get through semis, it would put them in position to pick up their first gold at Worlds (excluding Olympics) since 1933. Last silver medal came in 1950. I've been really impressed with this group so far. Have won seven of eight games and top guys have been great.— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) May 17, 2018