Tampa Bay Lightning's Nate Thompson broke the tie at the end of the second period to help the US team beat Belarus 5-3 at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki on Thursday.
Detroit Red Wings' forward Justin Abdelkader opened the scoring at 1:39, followed five minutes later by Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Alexei Ugarov tied it for Belarus early in the second period after Alexei Kalyuzhny made it 2-1 at 16:15.
The Americans dominated the third period, with goals by Bobby Ryan at 52:10 and Paul Stastny at 55:34 giving the US a 5-2 lead. Yevgeni Kovyrshin scored from a power play with 10 seconds left.