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