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Coach Brooks leads an upset _ of U.S.

Herb Brooks pulled off another big upset as France beat the United States 3-1 Monday at the World Ice Hockey Championships, seriously damaging the Americans' chances of advancing to the second round.

Brooks, who led the United States to its stunning gold medal in the 1980 Olympics, has France in position to qualify for the second round.

"I'm happy for the French guys, but I go a long way back in the coaching ranks with the U.S.," Brooks said. "We got some bounces."

Jonathan Zwikel broke a 1-all tie in the second period on a delayed penalty to give France its most important win since it beat Canada in the first round of the 1995 worlds.

The United States must defeat 1994 Olympic champion Sweden on Wednesday if it hopes to advance to the second round.

"It's a huge mountain to climb and it's our own fault," Chicago's Eric Weinrich said.

After the loss, three players were added to the U.S. roster: Philadelphia Flyers forward Shjon Podein, San Jose Sharks defenseman Al Iafrate and New Jersey Devils goaltender Mike Dunham. Their teams were eliminated in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

In other action:

+ Mats Sundin scored a hat trick to lead Sweden to a 4-2 victory over Switzerland. Lightning wing Mikael Renberg scored the other goal for Sweden, which leads the Group C standings 2-0.

+ Russia clinched a second-round berth in Group D as Alexei Kovalev of the New York Rangers scored three goals in a 7-5 victory over winless Latvia.

+ Team captain Ville Peltonen and Raimo Helminen each had a goal and two assists as Finland beat winless Kazakhstan 4-0 to reach the second round from Group D.

Around the NHL

DEVILS: After New Jersey's second straight early exit, coach Jacques Lemaire declined to shed any light on whether he wants to return. "I have nothing to say," he said to Devils spokesman Rick Minch after players and coaches posed for a traditional season-ending picture.

FLYERS: Club chairman Ed Snider said he wants to re-sign captain Eric Lindros to a long-term contract. Asked if that could be interpreted it as a vote of confidence for Lindros, Snider replied, "Of course it is."

KINGS: C Ray Ferraro had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. A full recovery is expected.

PREDATORS: Nashville officially became the league's 27th franchise by fulfilling the last conditions, including the final payment on an $80-million franchise fee. Nashville had to sell 12,000 season tickets by March 31 and 75 percent of the luxury suites in the Nashville Arena to satisfy the league's requirements to become a franchise.

STARS: C Joe Nieuwendyk said he likely will have surgery on his right knee. It would end his season and could force him to miss the start of next season.

BRUINS: GM Harry Sinden is expected to be fined $25,000-$50,000, the Boston Globe reported, for charging a "coverup" by league officials with respect to a Washington Capitals goal that was disallowed by referee Paul Devorski in overtime of Game 3, which Boston lost in the second OT.

STARS: C Joe Nieuwendyk said he likely will have surgery on his right knee. It could force him to miss the start of next season. Dallas does not expect him to be available for the second round. LW Greg Adams' status was uncertain. He has a sore neck.