Goal by USA’s Knight sets worlds scoring record

USA Hockey star Hilary Knight set the IIHF women’s world championships career scoring record in the Americans’ 12-1 win over Hungary on Thursday in Herning, Denmark.

Knight, 33, had a goal and an assist in the victory, giving her 87 career points at worlds. That surpasses the career total of Canada’s Hayley Wickenheiser, a Hockey Hall of Fame forward who is now assistant general manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Knight earned the primary assist on Hannah Bilka’s second-period goal and then scored a goal three minutes into the third period for the record. Setting the career mark on a goal was only appropriate for the American star, who also holds the women’s world championship career goals record with 51.

She was honored after the game in a ceremony.

Knight’s record chase was interrupted twice in the past two games by score sheet errors that were subsequently corrected. In Team USA’s preliminary-round win over Canada, Knight had an assist credited to her taken away. Against Hungary, it appeared she had broken the record in the second period but had an assist taken away on a scoring change. But the goal clinched it, making Knight the greatest scorer in women’s world championship history.

Knight, who serves as an analyst for ESPN, has four goals and three assists in five tournament games.

Team USA will play in the semifinals Saturday.

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