Jack Eichel and the U.S. team impressively passed its biggest test so far at the world championships.
Eichel assisted on the opening goal Monday to help Team USA beat Russia, 4-2. The Americans improved to 3-0 and dropped Russia to 2-1.
Eichel picked up his first point of the tournament by winning a faceoff in the Russian zone. It led to Trevor Lewis beating goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Video is below.
Eichel, expected to be drafted second overall by the Sabres in June, skated 18:47 – second among U.S. forwards. The 18-year-old center, who looked calm and poised with the puck, took crucial faceoffs for the Americans and played on the first power-play unit. He also centered the United States’ five-on-three power play during the second period, with Torey Krug scoring to give the Americans a 2-1 lead.
The Russians featured forwards Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Vladimir Tarasenko.