The bad news is that the United States fell to Canada in the semifinals at the World Championships. The good news is that Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin was named player of the game for the U.S. squad.
His two assists in the contest earned him the honor. The U.S. had fallen behind Canada 2-0 after two first period goals, but were able to take the lead by scoring three times in less than 10 minutes during the second period to take the lead.
Larkin assisted on the first U.S. goal by Auston Matthews, who is projected to be the NHL’s first overall draft pick this summer. Larkin then assisted on the U.S. go-ahead goal by Tyler Motte. With the pair of helpers, Larkin is now tied with Matthews for the team lead in points; he also leads the team in total shots and is tied for the team’s top plus/minus rating.
Despite Larkin’s efforts, Canada was able to defeat the U.S. by a 4-3 final. They’ll play Finland on Sunday for the gold medal, while the U.S. will battle for the bronze medal against Russia, whose roster includes Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko.