(Riga) Cal Petersen saved 33 balls, and the Americans won the fifth game in a row at the World Hockey Championship on Monday, beating the Germans 2-0.
Goalkeeper Kings deserved the second hit in a row.
Scorers were Jason Robertson from the stars and Colin Blackwell from the Rangers.
Confirmed to advance to the quarter-finals, the US will conclude its preliminary round on Tuesday, against Italy.
Russia eliminated Sweden by winning 3-2 on penalties.
First in Group A with 13 points, the Russians had the final say thanks to Vladimir Tarasenko’s network of Blues, who was playing his first match in the tournament.
Switzerland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic also lead the way, starting with Group A.
Rangers’ Philippe Sheetel scored the winning goal while the Czechs beat Denmark 2-1 in a penalty shootout.
The Czech Republic won the fourth match in a row.
In the second group, by 15 points, Finland, like the Americans, takes its place in the quarter-finals.
Canada, Germany and Latvia reached a standstill at nine points.
Tuesday, the maple leaf will face the Finns and Germany will face the Latvians.
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