Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist to lead the United States to a 4-1 victory over Denmark on Thursday in the world junior hockey championship in Helsinki.

Matthews tied it at 1 in the first period, and Sonny Milano put the U.S. ahead in the second period. Matthews assisted on Colin White's third-period goal, and Anders Bjork added a power-play goal.

"We had a slow start, but we came together in the middle of the game and capitalized on some chances," said Matthews, expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft.

"It's not about your draft stock or about how many points you have. It's about the team and it's about winning the gold medal. That's what we came here to do."

The Americans finished second in Group A at 3-1-0. They'll face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

Sweden beat Canada 5-2 and won Group A at 4-0-0. Sweden will play Slovakia in the quarterfinals, and Canada will face Finland.

Women's hockey

Boston player hospitalized

Denna Laing, a member of the Boston Pride pro team, was taken off the ice on a stretcher in Foxborough, Mass., and was hospitalized. No information on her condition was available.

The Pride, from the National Women's Hockey League, was playing the Montreal Canadiennes in an exhibition at Gillette Stadium, where the NHL's annual Winter Classic is to be played Friday.

Boston coach Bobby Jay told the Boston Globe that Laing's parents were with her at the hospital.

"Obviously, all our team was concerned, as was the Montreal team," Jay said.

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