Team USA’s promising run at the World Championship ended with a disappointing finish – a 2-0 loss to Finland Thursday in the quarterfinals – but coach Jeff Blashill called it a positive experience, particularly for a trio of Detroit Red Wings.
“I thought our guys had an excellent tournament,” Blashill said in a phone interview from Cologne, Germany. “Too bad for our players we weren’t able to play as well as we had in the one game that was an elimination game. Finland played very well.
“The experience was awesome; the crowds were great. It was a chance to play meaningful hockey into mid-May.”
The U.S., following an opening loss to host Germany, reeled off six consecutive victories, including a big win over Russia in a showdown for first place in Pool A.
Detroit’s Dylan Larkin, a 20-year-old alternate captain on a young squad, led the U.S. with eight assists and his 10 points ranked second Johnny Gaudreau’s 12 points (six goals, six assists). Larkin led U.S. forwards in average ice time and posted a team-…
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