CALGARY, Alta .– (AP) – Hilary Knight became the top scorer in women’s hockey history on Tuesday with her 45th goal as the United States beat Russia 6-0.
Knight overtook former American star Cammi Granato with a goal at 3:17 of the second period. 32 year old man split two defenders with a reduction to find an open fire lane for a 2-0 lead.
The goal also tied Knight with Granato for the US record 78 points at the world championships, and Brianna Decker became the all-time leader for US assists (39) with the pass to Knight.
“It truly is a magical time and a dream come true,” Knight said. “I hope the next girl who looks up will break that record, because that’s what it is.”
The reigning five-time champions, the Americans, took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Britta Curl fought off a rebound from Grace Zumwinkle’s shot.
Lee Stecklein made it 3-0 late in the second period with a shot from the blue line, and the United States opened the scoring in the third with three goals in five minutes. Kelly Pannek ended a power-play drought for a 4-0 lead, Abbey Murphy scored his first goal to force a goalkeeper change and Jesse Compher topped the score.
The United States (3-0) started the tournament with three consecutive shutouts for the third time (2001, 2009). The United States are looking to extend their 29-game winning streak on Thursday in a Group A clash against Canada, which played later Tuesday against Switzerland before Hungary-Japan.
Russia (1-2), who were outscored 55-11 in their sixth straight loss to the United States, face Finland on Wednesday.
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