The USA beat Denmark 1-0 at the ice hockey world championships on Friday to return to the top spot in Group B with four wins and one loss from five games.
In the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, the USA outshot Denmark 41-21 but managed an only goal courtesy of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson, who scored his fourth in the tournament 28 minutes into the game.
In Group B's other game, Norway beat Slovenia 3-1 owing to three power play goals.
Former Edmonton and Philadelphia forward Patrick Thoresen put Norway 1-0 ahead in the ninth minute.
Jan Mursak levelled for Slovenia in the second period but Anders Bastiansen and Jonas Holos rounded off the score before the second intermission.
The US team now leads the group ahead of Belarus, Finland and Russia.
Denmark will face off against Norway on Saturday.