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Gaudette's overtime goal gives Team USA a 3-2 win over Sweden

Adam Gaudette scored three points, including the game-winning goal in OT, to secure Team USA's preliminary round win over Sweden in the 2022 IIHF Men's World Championship.

Team USA forward Sean Farrell (26) moves the puck against  Slovakia
Team USA forward Sean Farrell (26) moves the puck against Slovakia forward Juraj Slafkovsky (20) in the men’s ice hockey quarterfinal during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at National Indoor Stadium.
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TAMPERE, Finland — In a back-and-forth contest with Sweden, Team USA's Adam Gaudette was the difference maker. Gaudette scored his third goal of the 2022 IIHF Men's World Championship and second of the game in overtime to seal a 3-2 win for the Americans on Saturday.

Sweden scored first when Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo Sabres) put one past U.S. goaltender Jeremy Swayman (Boston Bruins) only two minutes into the first frame to give the Swedes the early advantage.

Team USA responded with a goal of their own about five minutes later when Gaudette (Ottawa Senators) tallied his first goal of the night. Delano, Minn., native and former Golden Gopher Ben Meyers (Colorado Avalanche) assisted on the play.

Late in the second period, Team USA took a 2-1 lead on a power play goal off the stick of St. Cloud, Minn., native Nate Schmidt (Winnipeg Jets).

Carl Grundstrom (Los Angeles Kings) tied things up at two for Team Sweden in the third to send the game to overtime.

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Gaudette got his game-winner on a 2-on-1 breakaway opportunity with TJ Tynan (Los Angeles Kings) that lifted Team USA to a 3-2 win.

Swayman got the win in net for the U.S. against his Bruins teammate Linus Ullmark, stopping 20 of 22 shots he faced.

TJ Tynan tallied two assists in the game for the Americans.

Team USA moves to an overall record of 2-1-2-0 (W-L-OTW-OTL) in the preliminary round of the tournament and sits in the third place spot in Group B with 10 points, three points behind Finland in first and two behind Sweden (3-0-1-1) in second.

Team USA will play again on Monday, May 23, against Team Czechia at 8:20 a.m. CT before finishing out the preliminary round on Tuesday against Norway.

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