It figured to be an easy game for Jack Eichel and the United States. It was.
The Americans won their third straight game at the world championships Wednesday, shutting out Italy, 3-0. The United States limited Italy to just nine shots while taking 32 in Cologne, Germany.
Eichel didn’t record any points, leaving him with three assists in four games. He had four shots while skating 16:45. Brock Nelson scored twice, and Anders Lee had the other goal. Netminder Jimmy Howard had the easy shutout.
The U.S. team improved to 3-1. Italy fell to 0-3-1.
The Americans’ next game is Saturday against Latvia (6:15 a.m., NHL Network). Zemgus Girgensons and the Latvians are undefeated, putting up a 3-0 record while scoring eight goals and allowing just two. Girgensons has one goal and one assist in the tournament.