Gaudreau, Kane to play for USA at World Championships

The Flames sniper credits the play of the Ducks, but is frustrated that a few bounces saw his team get swept in the first round, sending him packing to the World Championships.

Team USA is reaping the rewards of a couple NHL teams’ misfortunes as it prepares for the World Championships in May.

After their teams were swept in the first round of the NHL playoffs, star forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Patrick Kane have decided to extend their seasons.

Gaudreau tallied just two assists in the Calgary Flames’ four-game loss to the Anaheim Ducks, while Kane contributed a goal and an assist as the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks were swept by the Nashville Predators.

The Americans take on Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and Russia with games beginning on May 5.