Canada Crushes Czech Republic, 5-1, At IIHF World Championships

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Canada advanced to the Gold Medal game against Finland with a 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic in the World Championship semifinal on Saturday afternoon. Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana drew back into the lineup for the Czechs after being a healthy scratch in their 5-1 win in the quarterfinal against Germany, though he was on the fourth line.

Vrana was held off of the scoresheet for the Czech Republic.

Canada led 41-30 on the shot board.

Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone steered in a centering pass from Vancouver Canucks defenseman Troy Stetcher in the slot to give Canada the lead 5:18 into the game.

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse tucked in the puck on a wraparound attempt after picking up a rebound off of Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier’s shot to make it 2-0 10 seconds into the second.

Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubios also scored in the second for Canada to triple the lead.

Nashville Predators center Kyle Turris one-timed the puck past goaltender Pavel Francouz in the slot after Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha laid a backhand pass to him on an end-to-end rush that added to the lead.

Czech forward Tomas Zohorna went glove-side on a breakaway to end Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray’s shutout bid with 6:01 left.

By Harrison Brown


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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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