February 22, 2010 / 3:06 AM / in 8 years

Rafalski leads U.S. to 5-3 win over Canada

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.

<p>Brian Rafalski of the U.S. celebrates his goal against Canada in front of goalie Martin Brodeur in first period of their hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Bruce Bennett/Pool</p>

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.

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