Johnny Gaudreau’s ugly slash costs U.S. at hockey worlds

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Sweden's Patric Hornqvist, left, challenges for the puck with Johnny Gaudreau of the United Statesduring the Ice Hockey World Championships semifinal match between Sweden and the United States at the Royal arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Petr David Josek/AP)

The United States will play for bronze at this year’s IIHF World Hockey Championship after getting dumped in by Sweden 6-0 in their semifinal matchup.

The score wasn’t as lopsided as the actual gameplay (the U.S. outshot Sweden 41-20), but there might not have been an uglier moment for the Americans than this two-handed chop from star forward Johnny Gaudreau.

Gaudreau’s slash of Swedish defender Hampus Lindholm came after Gaudreau was on the receiving end of a hit – not to mention immediately before the Calgary Flames winger curled away to his own bench.

The score was 2-0 at the time of Gaudreau’s stick whip, and Patric Hornqvist would convert on some pretty Swedish passing to make it a three-goal game on the ensuing power play.

This was supposed to be a different year for Team USA, which has in recent years rather meh rosters to the worlds, oftentimes fleshed out with AHL/NCAA talent as the country’s star players turned down invitations to compete.

The 2018 edition managed to land big-name NHLers like Patrick Kane, and of course Gaudreau, and the team looked good in the preliminary round, edging Canada in a shootout to finish second in Group B.

The U.S. will now have to play for bronze, taking on Canada, which was upset by the Swiss in the other semifinal.

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