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Kessel helps Americans to a win over Russia at Women's World Championship

Amanda Kessel is back.

The forward who hasn't played for Team USA since the 2014 Sochi Olympics had a two-point afternoon to help the Americans to a 7-0 win over Russia.

It was the second straight win for the U.S. in the preliminary round of the IIHF Women's World Championship in Plymouth, Mich. The Americans earned back-to-back shutouts with Madeline Rooney making 14 saves in her first World Championship start.

Kessel scored at 18:37 of the first to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. The U.S. had just killed off two penalties, including 1:31 of 3-on-5, when Kessel skated hard with the puck into the Russian zone. She passed to Monique Lamoureux who drove to the net and got off a shot. Kessel followed the play, crossed to the other side of the net, and put in the rebound for the goal. It was the first goal for Kessel for Team USA since she scored Feb. 17, 2014 in the Americans'  6-1 semifinal win over Sweden in the Sochi Olympics.

Kessel missed nearly two years of competition dealing with the affects of a concussion. She returned in 2016, helping the Minnesota Golden Gophers to an NCAA championship. This season she played professionally with the New York Riveters in the National Women's Hockey League.

She returned to Team USA for a home-and-home series with Canada in December, but this is the first major international competition for Kessel since Sochi and her first appearance in the Women's World Championship since 2013.

The U.S. went up 2-0 on a goal from Kendall Coyne while Kessel set up Jocelyn Lamoureux to give the Americans a 3-0 lead.

Lamoureux scored again, on the power play, to give the U.S. a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes.

Brianna Decker made it 5-0 in the third off a beautiful set up from Hilary Knight. The Americans closed out the game with two goals in the final 20 seconds. Knight set up Coyne for her second goal with 20 seconds left in the game while Decker scored with 7.6 seconds left.

The Americans will be off Sunday and play their final preliminary round game at 7:30 p.m. Monday when they face Finland. That game will be streamed live on and shown on NHL Network at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The semifinals are Thursday with the medal games on Friday.

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