Video: U.S. stays unbeaten at Worlds with win over defending champs Russia

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The U.S. continued to surprise at the 2015 World Hockey Championships on Monday, scoring a 4-2 win over defending champion Russia to remain undefeated in the group phase.

Arizona Coyotes center Mark Arcobello scored the game-winner for the Americans (3-0-0-0) midway though the third period, while Dallas prospect Jack Campbell stopped 15 of 17 shots for his first win of the tournament.

Anton Belov and Sergei Plotnikov replied for the Russians, who suffered their first loss.

It’s been a banner tourney for the Americans thus far, especially given their roster makeup. USA Hockey opted to rely heavily on youth; collegians Jack Eichel (Boston University), Jimmy Vesey (Harvard), Dylan Larkin (Michigan) and Mike Reilly (Minnesota) have all played significant minutes while in goal, Campbell and fellow AHLer Connor Hellebuyck have carried the load and done remarkably well, allowing just four goals over the first three games.

Of course, the U.S. is boasting a strong, NHL-heavy defensive unit led by Justin Faulk, Torey Krug and Seth Jones. The trio combined to play over 70 minutes in the win over Russia, with Krug scoring a goal and Jones finishing with two assists.

The U.S. will next play on Thursday against Belarus (10 a.m. ET), then face Denmark on Friday (2. p.m. ET), Slovenia on Sunday (3p.m. ET) and Slovakia on Tuesday (10 a.m. ET) to close out the group stage.

All Team USA games will be televised on NBCSN.

Malkin, Tarasenko to play for Russia at Worlds

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Russia has significantly bolstered its lineup for the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin and Blues sniper Vladimir Tarasenko were both locked in to represent their country when the tourney gets underway in the Czech Republic on May 1:

These are pretty significant adds for a Russian team looking to win back-to-back gold medals for the first time since 2008 and ’09. The Russians captured last year’s tournament on the strength of three KHL-based players — Viktor Tihkonov, Danis Zaripov and Sergei Plotnikov — but will be loaded with NHL talent this year; in addition to Malkin and Tarasenko, Team Russia will also feature the likes of Sergei Bobrovsky, Anton Khudobin, Nail Yakupov and, reportedly, Nikolai Kulemin.

NBCSN to air every Team USA game at Worlds

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Hockey fans wanting to get an early look at Jack Eichel ahead of June’s NHL Entry Draft will be able to do so, courtesy NBC.

On Monday, the NBC Sports Group announced that every Team USA game from the upcoming World Hockey Championships will be televised on NBCSN, as part of more than 40 hours of tournament coverage across television and online digital platforms.

Eichel, the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner, highlights the American roster along with the likes of Justin Faulk, Nick Bonino, Jake Gardiner and Torey Krug.

“As the U.S. television home of hockey, we’re thrilled to present comprehensive coverage for the fifth consecutive year of IIHF World Hockey Championship, the sport’s premier annual international tournament,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “The World Championship is another example of our commitment to hockey, from our near-200 games of regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, to our presentations of international hockey at the Olympic, Paralympic and Championship levels.”

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Live coverage begins on NBCSN on Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m. ET, when Team USA faces Finland, the 2014 silver medalist, in the first of seven preliminary-round games, which will all air on NBCSN. Team USA’s preliminary-round matchups also feature a showdown with 2014 IIHF gold medalist Russia, on Monday, May 4, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Last year, Team USA finished second in preliminary-round play before losing 4-3 to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round.

Full Schedule (all times ET)

Fri., May 1

Team USA vs. Finland NBCSN 10 a.m.

Sat., May 2

Team USA vs. Norway* NBCSN 11 p.m.

Mon., May 4

Team USA vs. Russia NBCSN 10 a.m.

Thur., May 7

Team USA vs. Belarus NBCSN 10 a.m.

Fri., May 8

Team USA vs. Denmark NBCSN 2 p.m.

Sun., May 10

Team USA vs. Slovenia* NBCSN 3 p.m.

Tue., May 12

Team USA vs. Slovakia NBCSN 10 a.m.

Thu., May 14

IIHF Quarterfinals NBCSN 9 a.m.
IIHF Quarterfinals NBC Sports Live Extra 10 a.m.
IIHF Quarterfinals** NBCSN 11:30 a.m.
IIHF Quarterfinals NBC Sports Live Extra 1 p.m.
IIHF Quarterfinals NBC Sports Live Extra 2 p.m.
IIHF Quarterfinals* NBCSN 11:30 p.m.

Sat., May 16

IIHF Semifinals NBC Sports Live Extra 9:30 a.m.
IIHF Semifinals NBC Sports Live Extra 1 p.m.

Sun., May 17

IIHF Bronze Medal Game NBC Sports Live Extra 10 a.m.
IIHF Championship Game NBCSN 2:30 p.m.

*denotes same-day delay

**denotes joined-in-progress

Jagr to play at World Championship

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Jaromir Jagr will play for the Czech Republic at next month’s World Hockey Championship.

It was nearly a year ago that Jagr announced his retirement from international competition.

The 43-year-old played in 77 NHL games this season with the New Jersey Devils and Flordia Panthers scoring 17 goals and 47 points.

Jagr signed a one-year extension with the Panthers two weeks ago.

Joining Jagr on the Czech national team will be Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda and Canes’ blue liner Michal Jordan.

Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will also represent the Czech Republic at the tournament, which runs through May 17.

Faulk, Gardiner highlight US preliminary Worlds roster

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Unlike Team Canada, the United States’ preliminary roster for the for the 2015 World Hockey Championships doesn’t feature star power up front, but the team’s defense is shaping up nicely.

Jake Gardiner, Justin Faulk, and Torey Krug were among the 15 players on USA Hockey’s initial list. The American squad will also contain a fair amount of NCAA talent, including Hobey Baker finalist Mike Reilly. Meanwhile, Mark Arcobello will play for his fifth team since the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Here is Team USA’s roster so far:

Goal: Alex Lyon

Defense: Faulk, Gardiner, Krug, John Moore, Connor Murphy, Reilly

Forwards: Arcobello, Matt Hendricks, Dylan Larkin, Trevor Lewis, Jeremy Morin, Steve Moses, Dan Sexton, Ben Smith

The tournament will run from May 1-17.