Clark, Pothier Help Pace Team USA to Exhibition Win

Capitals captain Chris Clark scored a power play goal and Caps defenseman Brian Pothier had an assist for Team USA in a 5-3 victory over Team Sweden today at Globe Arena in Stockholm. The game was an exhibition tuneup for both clubs as they prepare for the IIHF World Championships in Moscow, beginning on Apr. 27.

Clark was one of five different goal scorers for Team USA. Caps prospect Nicklas Backstrom was held off the scoresheet for Team Sweden.

John Grahame, at 31 the oldest player on the Team USA roster, earned the victory with 12 saves on 13 shots in two periods of work. Vancouver netminding prospect Cory Schneider saved 13 of 15 in the final frame.

At 31 (a few months younger than Grahame), Clark is the oldest of the dozen forwards on the Team USA roster. The 30-year-old Pothier is the oldest of eight defensemen for the Americans.

Boston’s Phil Kessel paced Team USA on Wednesday with a goal and two assists. Team USA scored two of its five goals on the power play, going 2-for-6 on the night. All of Sweden’s offense came with the extra man (3-for-10).

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