Thompson helps US beat Belarus in world hockey
HELSINKI (AP) Tampa Bay center Nate Thompson broke the tie at the end of the second period to help the United States beat Belarus 5-3 on Thursday in the world hockey championships.
Justin Abdelkader, Cam Atkinson, Bobby Ryan and Paul Stastny also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for the United States, 2-1-1 in Group A play.
Alexei Ugarov, Alexei Kalyuzhny and Yevgeni Kovyrshin scored for Belarus.
In the other Group A game, Finland beat France 7-1. Mikko Koivu had a goal and three assists, and Jussi Jokinen scored twice for Finland, the group leader at 4-0-0. Finland will face Canada (3-0-0) on Friday.
In Group B in Stockholm, Evgeni Malkin scored to help Russia beat Denmark 3-1, and the Czech Republic topped Latvia 3-1. Russia and Sweden are tied for the group lead at 4-0-0.
Updated May 10, 2012