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Eichel records two assists as U.S. beats Sweden

The pairing of Jack Eichel and Johnny Gaudreau just clicks.

Gaudreau scored twice and Eichel added two assists Monday, leading the United States to a 4-3 victory over Sweden at the world championships in Cologne, Germany. The Americans improved to 2-1 and pulled into a tie for second in their eight-team group. The top four advance to the next round after a seven-game round robin.

Eichel helped pull the United States into a 1-1 tie just 3:21 into the game. Carrying the puck on a two-on-one, the Sabres center shot the puck off the pad of Swedish goaltender Viktor Fasth, allowing Clayton Keller to cash in the carom.

The Americans tied the game, 3-3, early in the second after Eichel fed a streaking Gaudreau deep in the Sweden zone.

Former Buffalo prospect J.T. Compher scored the winner with 8:13 remaining. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard made 39 saves as the Swedes outshot the U.S. team, 42-27.

Eichel had five shots while skating 20:18. He has three assists and 18 shots in three games. The Americans next face Italy on Wednesday (10:15 a.m., NBCSN).

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