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According to NBC's Pierre McGuire, Team USA coach Tony Granato was "furious' with Team OAR's coaches for having their top power play unit on the ice in a 4-0 game with less than two minutes remaining. "Keep putting them on the ice, keep putting them on the ice!" he said, via McGuire. Goal differential is a tie-breaker for seeding in the playoff round bracket. OAR won Group B with this victory, but the idea that any team should take its foot off the accelerator out of concern for another team's feelings is absurd. Or, to put it more succinctly: Don't play a pedestrian 58 minutes if you don't want to be dunked-on in the last two.

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The skill disparity between Team USA and Sorta-Russia was blindingly apparent in the second period, and never more glaring than on Ilya Kovalchuk's rocket goal with 0.2 left. Sergei Andronov playing keep-away from Bobby Sanguinetti in the corner, before passing to Kovalchuk, who was given the square acreage of Siberia to shoot by Ryan Gunderson in the 4-on-4. And Ryan Zapolski needed a save there. What a backbreaking goal to make it 3-0. If the USA rallies in this game, after this effort, it would be a mira…uh, a big surprise.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN

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Janmark finds net on beautiful wrister.

Stars center Mattias Janmark wrists a shot from far out that finds the back of the net in Dallas' 2-1 win over St. Louis.

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Wheeler fuels Jets with two goals.

Jets right winger Blake Wheeler scores a goal from behind the net after bouncing off the goaltender. Later on in the game, Wheeler scores his second as he sends a wrister into the back of the net.

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Beauvillier splits defenders on goal.

Islanders left winger Anthony Beauvillier skates down ice, between two defenders and sends the puck into the net for the goal.

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Couturier wrists OT winner.

Sean Couturier sends a wrister into the back of the net to give the Flyers a 2-1 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.

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Burns scores on one-timer.

The Sharks win the faceoff and the puck makes its way to Brent Burns who scores on the quick one-timer.

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Jankowski leads Flames past Predators.

Mark Jankowski scores a goal to break a 2-2 tie in the Flames' 4-3 victory over the Predators.

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Perlini nets 2 within 19 seconds.

Brendan Perlini comes up hot in the 2nd period with two quick goals in a 5-2 win over the Canadiens.

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Karlsson slams in 30th goal of season.

William Karlsson races down the right wing and beats the keeper for his 30th goal of the season as the Golden Knights defeat the Oilers 4-1.

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