Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/19/14

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 21: Nate Thompson #11 of the New York Islanders skates against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 21, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles won the game 4-3 after a shoot out. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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.
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