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Hockey

U.S. easily wins world opener

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists and Tim Thomas made 24 saves to help the United States beat Latvia 4-0 on Friday night in the Americans’ opening preliminary round game in the world championship.

The United States scored all three goals on power plays.

The Americans will return to action Sunday night against Slovenia.

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In the other Group B opener in Halifax, Dany Heatley had three goals and an assist in defending champion Canada’s 5-1 victory over Slovenia.

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