HERNING, Denmark — Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals to lift the United States to a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday, while Canada beat Russia 5-4 in overtime.
Kane claimed the third-period winner to take the outright lead in the scoring table on 19 points, a U.S. record, with eight goals and 11 assists, and set up a semifinal against defending champion Sweden or Latvia on Saturday.
“It’s my job to produce,” Kane said. “It’s always nice to contribute offensively.”
The United States is looking for its first medal since its bronze in 2015.
“We came here to put ourselves in a position to try to win the gold,” Kane said. “We’re on the right path.”
The United States took control with a couple of goals in the span of 1:43 midway through the first period in Herning.
“It’s a pity,” Czech forward Tomas Plekanec said. “We created enough chances to win.”
Hunting for its third title in four years, Canada will face Finland or Switzerland in the semis.
Defenseman Colton Parayko blasted a slap shot past goaltender Igor Shestyorkin on a power play to give Canada a 1-0 lead in the first period before Ryan Nugent-Hopkins doubled the advantage on another power play.
But Alexander Barabanov and Ilya Mikheyev scored in the second period to tie the game.