VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The United States beat Canada 5-3 in Olympic men's hockey qualifying Group A on Sunday. Brian Rafalski put the U.S. ahead in the first minute of the game, Canada's Eric Staal leveled but Rafalski scored again in the opening period.
Dany Heatley drew the Canadians level again before goals by Chris Drury and Jamie Langenbrunner gave the Americans a two-goal cushion over their great local rivals.
Sidney Crosby grabbed a consolation for the Canadians on a powerplay in the third period but Ryan Kesler sealed the U.S. victory with a goal into an empty net.
Editing by Ed Osmond.