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Wings' Jimmy Howard makes 39 saves in U.S. win over Sweden

Associated Press

Cologne, Germany — The United States came back three times to beat Sweden 4-3 at the ice hockey world championship on Monday.

U.S. goalkeeper Jimmy Howard and Sweden´s Elias Lindholm vie for the puck.

Player-of-the-game Johnny Gaudreau scored twice, J.T. Compher (Michigan) scored the winner, and Jimmy Howard stopped 39 shots as the Americans clocked their second win following their surprise defeat to co-host Germany on Friday.

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin had two assists in the victory.

Clayton Keller canceled Elias Lindholm’s early score on a power play for Sweden, only to see Lindholm score again.

Gaudreau equalized on a breakaway but Victor Hedman gave Sweden a 3-2 first-period lead.

Gaudreau crowned a brilliant team move involving Jack Eichel and Anders Lee to equalize again.

Lindholm came close to a hat trick then Compher put the U.S. in front for the first time, redirecting Connor Murphy’s shot with 8:13 left to play.

Sweden’s hopes of tying the game were hit when they were left three against five.

The Americans move to two points behind Russia in Group A.