Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel notched two assists Monday as Team USA won its second straight game at the IIHF World Championship with a 3-2 overtime victory over Finland at Kosice, Slovakia.
The Americans won the game as Detroit's Dylan Larkin scored on a snapshot with 1:13 left in OT. Team USA lost its opener to host Slovakia, 4-1, before rebounding with a 7-1 victory over France on Sunday.
In the late game in Kosice, Canada rallied to notch a 6-5 win over Slovakia on a power-play goal by Vegas' Mark Stone with 1.8 seconds left. The Canadians trailed, 2-0, and 4-2 in the game before rallying to tie each time.
Team USA took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei at 50 seconds and Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau at 10:36. Eichel assisted on each.
Finland cut the deficit in half on a goal by Harri Pesonen at 19:05 of the first and tied the game as Niko Ojamaki scored with 32 seconds left in the second period. There was no scoring in the third.
Larkin's overtime goal came after a pass from Vancouver defenseman Quinn Hughes.
Eichel was a team-best plus-3 in the game. He has yet to score in his team's three games but is tied for second in the tournament with four assists. The game featured the presumptive top two picks in this June's NHL draft in Team USA's Jack Hughes and Finland's Kaapo Kakko. Neither figured in the scoring. Kakko continues to lead the tournament with five goals.
Team USA's next game is Wednesday against Great Britain.
Canada went ahead, 5-4, on a goal by Vancouver defenseman Troy Stecher with 3:20 left in the second period but Slovakia – coached by Sabres Hall of Famer Craig Ramsay – evened the score again at 5-5 on Matus Sukel's goal with 8:15 left.
Stone won it on a snap shot from the right circle after taking a pass from Ottawa defenseman Thomas Chabot.
Sabres winger Sam Reinhart had an assist on a second-period goal by Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli that tied the game at 4-4. Buffalo defenseman Brandon Montour had no points and a minus-2 rating in the game before leaving in the third period with an undisclosed injury.