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Flyers Daily News: Cutter Gauthier, Scott Laughton Score At World Championships

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Team USA's Cutter Gauthier celebrates goal with Flyers Defenseman Ronnie Attard.
Team USA's Cutter Gauthier celebrates goal with Flyers defenseman Ronnie Attard.

Flyers top prospect Cutter Gauthier went from suffering a possible injury at the World Championships to being a goal-scorer in the opening game.

Gauthier scored in the second period against defending champion and co-host Finland to tie the score at 1 before Team USA scored three third-period goals for a 4-1 win on Friday.

Gauthier snapped a beautiful wrist shot over the left shoulder of the Finland goalie.

“I just saw a good ‘north’ play by I think it was by Dylan Samberg,” Gauthier said in a between-periods interview on TSN.

“Getting it up ‘north’ to Carter Mazur and it was a good drive and I was able to get a shot off and [I was hoping] it went in.”

Gauthier was hit in the head by an elbow in a pre-tournament game against Germany on Tuesday. Gauthier immediately crashed to the ice and didn’t return. A USA Hockey official said Gauthier was “fine” after the game.

Report: Gauthier ‘fine’ after hit in World Championship game

Team USA dominated the third period.

“Just using our speed, that’s a big advantage that we’ve had over the past couple weeks working together,” Gauthier said. “We keep using that, keep them on their heels and it will be good for us in the third.”

It was, a 3-0 period for Team USA.

Team USA’s next game is Sunday against Hungary in Tampere, Finland. The game will begin at 5:20 a.m. (Philadelphia time) and will be shown on NHL Network.

Gauthier played on the world juniors team that took a bronze in January. The rising sophomore from Boston College scored four goals and six assists in seven games.

In 2022, Gauthier scored three goals and had six assists in six games as America’s U18 team won silver.

“It’s pretty cool [playing for Team USA],” Gauthier said. “You don’t get the opportunity much to represent your country, especially at the international level so take it when I can, bring it to this team and try to do the best I can to help this team win every day.”

Flyers defenseman Ronnie Attard also is on Team USA.

Laughton, Canada win

Flyers forward Scott Laughton scored a goal as Canada opened with a 6-0 win at Latvia, one of the co-hosts of the event. The Canadians scored two goals in the first five minutes to take charge of the game.

Laughton scored the second goal on a deflection. Laughton is an alternate captain for Canada, which will play Slovenia on Sunday at (5:20 a.m. faceoff in Philadelphia).

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Last night’s results:

Former Flyers forward Nick Cousins scored in overtime as the Panthers eliminated the Maple Leafs, 3-2, in five games. Carolina is next for the Panthers in the Eastern Conference finals.

Vegas scored three goals in 1:29 of the second period — two on the power play — to take Game 5 over Edmonton, 4-3. The Golden Knights lead the series, 3-2.

Tonight’s playoff game:

The Kraken host the Stars, needing a victory to stay alive. Dallas leads the series, 3-2, after winning the last two games. Faceoff is at 7 on ESPN.

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