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Hilary Knight becomes all-time points leaders at hockey worlds

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Hilary Knight has written her name in the history books once again, becoming the all-time leading scorer at the IIHF Women’s World Championship on Thursday.

The 33-year-old notched a goal and an assist during the United States’ 12-1 blowout win over Hungary to catapult her to the top of the all-time points list with 87. She surpassed former Canada great Hayley Wickenheiser, who had 86 career points at worlds.

Knight already owned the record for career goals at the IIHF tournament, and her third-period tally extended her record to 51. It also assured her of the points record, after a scoring change took away a second-period assist that seemed to be the record-breaker.

Thursday’s emphatic win advances the United States to Saturday’s semifinals.

Knight has been on a tear in Denmark, scoring in the United States’ 5-2 victory over Canada on Tuesday to help clinch the top spot in Group A and the top seed in the knockout round.

She has four goals and three assists in five games so far.

Knight’s record-setting game Thursday earned her praise across the sports world, including from tennis icon Billie Jean King, who congratulated the hockey star on her groundbreaking feat.

Team USA will continue its quest for glory in Saturday’s semifinals. The two semifinal matchups will air at 8 a.m. ET and 12 p.m. ET on NHL Network, and the gold medal game will air at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NHL Network.