The Americans outshot Finland, 43-15, and didn’t allow a score until a power-play goal with less than five minutes left in the game.
Hillary Knight had a goal and an assist, Kelli Stack scored a whirling, back-handed goal in the second period and Alex Carpenter also scored for the U.S. team, which plays Switzerland Monday.
Though the U.S. and Canada, which opens with Switzerland later today in Sochi, are said to be on an automatic collision course for the gold medal game, U.S. coach Katie Stone disagreed, saying this is not a two-team tournament.
In related news, the U.S. and Canada outscored their opponents 86-4 leading up to the gold medal game in Vancouver four years ago.
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