Canada crushes the Czechs in World Championship semi-final – Daily Hive

Canada crushes the Czechs in World Championship semi-final - Daily Hive
Canada vs. Czech Republic results: Canada dominates in semifinal
Canada players celebrate after scoring their fourth goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships semifinal match between Canada and Czech Republic at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Petr David Josek/AP)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Mark Stone scored his tournament-leading eighth goal and Matt Murray made 39 saves as Canada downed the Czech Republic 5-1 on Saturday to advance to the gold medal game at the world hockey championship.

Canada's penalty killing played a crucial early role in the win. Ranked 11th out of 16 teams going into the semifinal, the Canadians successfully killed off first-period penalties to Marchessault and Turris and a third-period infraction by Chabot to keep the Czechs' 10th-ranked power play off the board.

Darnell Nurse, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turris and Thomas Chabot also scored for Canada in the second semifinal of the men’s international tournament. Finland edged Russia 1-0 in the earlier semi.

Saturday marked the Czechs' first time in the world championship semifinal since a 2-0 loss to Canada on home soil in Prague in 2015. Canada went 10-0 in that tournament and took home the first of two back-to-back gold medals. The Czechs' last medals were back-to-back bronze in 2011 and 2012.

The win sets up a rematch of Canada’s first game at the tournament, a 3-1 loss to Finland on May 10. The gold medal game will also serve as a rematch of the 2016 final in Moscow, which Canada won 2-1.

Canadian forward Anthony Mantha returned to the lineup on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension. Mantha came into the game tied with Stone for the team lead in scoring with 12 points and picked up his sixth assist of the tournament with his feed on Turris' goal.

Canada opened the scoring in Saturday’s game at the 5:18 mark of the first period when Stone streaked to the net to tip a centering pass from Troy Stecher below the glove of Czech netminder Patrik Bartosak.

Bartosak's day came to an end at the 5:06 mark of the second, when Dubois converted a cross-ice feed from Jonathan Marchessault for Canada's third goal of the game. Bartosak was replaced by Pavel Francouz, who gave up third-period goals to Turris and Chabot.

Nurse doubled the lead just 10 seconds into the middle frame when he picked up the puck behind the net and deposited it behind an unsuspecting Bartosak on a wraparound play.

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Bartosak’s day came to an end at the 5:06 mark of the second, when Dubois converted a cross-ice feed from Jonathan Marchessault for Canada’s third goal of the game. Bartosak was replaced by Pavel Francouz, who gave up third-period goals to Turris and Chabot.

Canada’s penalty killing played a crucial early role in the win. Ranked 11th out of 16 teams going into the semifinal, the Canadians successfully killed off first-period penalties to Marchessault and Turris and a third-period infraction by Chabot to keep the Czechs’ 10th-ranked power play off the board.

Canada was the top team in the tournament with the man advantage heading into the game but did not get many chances Saturday. The disciplined Czechs did not give up their first power play until the late stages of the third period.

Canada was the top team in the tournament with the man advantage heading into the game but did not get many chances Saturday. The disciplined Czechs did not give up their first power play until the late stages of the third period.

Mark Stone scored his tournament-leading eighth goal and Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins made 40 saves as Canada downed the Czech Republic 5-1 on Saturday to advance to the gold medal game at the world hockey championship.

Canadian forward Anthony Mantha returned to the lineup on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension. Mantha came into the game tied with Stone for the team lead in scoring with 12 points and picked up his sixth assist of the tournament with his feed on Turris’ goal.

Saturday marked the Czechs’ first time in the world championship semifinal since a 2-0 loss to Canada on home soil in Prague in 2015. Canada went 10-0 in that tournament and took home the first of two back-to-back gold medals. The Czechs’ last medals were back-to-back bronze in 2011 and 2012.

Darnell Nurse, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turris and Thomas Chabot also scored for Canada in the second semifinal of the men's international tournament. Finland edged Russia 1-0 in the earlier semi.

Canada will finish the 2019 IIHF World Championship the same way it started. The stage is set is for Canada and Finland to face off for the gold medal after Canadas 5-1 win over the Czech Republic in the semifinal.

Canada is back in the final for the fourth time in five years, while Finland will advance after shutting out one of the best Russian teams in in the post-Soviet era.

Mark Stone followed up his heroics in the quarterfinal by opening up the scoring with his tournament-leading eighth goal.

Canada pulled away early in the second period when Darnell Nurse netted a slick wraparound just 10 seconds into the frame. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored Canadas third a few minutes later off a beautiful pass from Jonathan Marchessault.

On his 25th birthday, Matt Murray held onto the shutout for 54 minutes until Tomas Zohorna scored on a breakaway to get the Czechs on the board. Kyle Turris and Thomas Chabot each added a goal to Canadas total in the final period with the game already out of reach.

Happy 2️⃣5️⃣th Birthday @mattmurray_30! 40 saves and 🇨🇦 Player of the Game in the semifinal win. 🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/2z0H7BieLo

Canada has won eight consecutive games since losing its opener to Finland on May 10. They will have a chance to get vengeance and a gold medal May 26.

3:25 p.m. – The fighting continues as Jared McCann and Dmitrij Jaskin get into. Both players earn penalties but Jaskin is given two putting Canada on its first power play of the game.

3:17 p.m. – Pierre-Luc Dubois and Michal Repik get into a scuffle that earns them both roughing penalties. Two minutes of four-on-four hockey.

3:16 p.m. – GOAL. Tomas Zohorna blazes past all of team Canada and beats Matt Murray for his first point of the tournament. Canada leads 5-1.

3:14 p.m. – GOAL. Thomas Chabot splits three Czech players and goes top shelf for Canadas second of the period. Canada leads 5-0.

3:08 p.m. – Thomas Chabot called for tripping. The Czech Republic on the power play for the third time in the game.

3:00 p.m. – GOAL. Anthony Mantha finds Kyle Turris with a blind pass and Turris rips one past Francouz. Canada leads 4-0.

Great rush by Anthony Mantha before making a blind pass to Kyle Turris in front. Canada leads 4-0. #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/0pESq4nzpN

2:57 p.m. – Thomas Chabot takes the ice for the first time since the first period. He entered this game leading the team in time on ice per game.

2:17 p.m. – Matt Murray, celebrating his 25th birthday, makes back-to-back saves to keep Czech Republic scoreless.

2:10 p.m. – Czech Republic changes goaltenders. Patrik Bartosak heads to the bench and Pavel Francouz heads to the net.

2:09 p.m. – GOAL. Jonathan Marchessault finds Pierre-Luc Dubois right in front of the net. Canada leads 3-0.

2:01 p.m. – GOAL. Canada wins the faceoff to open the second period. Darnell Nurse snags a rebound and wraps around the goal to score 10 seconds into the frame. Canada leads 2-0.

Darnell Nurse catches Patrik Bartosak off guard and scores 10 seconds into the middle stanza. 2-0. #IIHFWorlds #Oilers pic.twitter.com/SEclzUS21q

1:38 p.m. – Czech Republic go on the power play for the second time. Kyle Turris gets two minutes in the penalty box for holding.

1:25 p.m. – Jonathan Marchessault called for slashing. The Czech Republic has six power-play goals in the tournament.

1: 23 p.m. – GOAL. Troy Stechers pass deflects off Mark Stones stick into the net. Stone now leads the tournament with eight goals. Canada leads 1-0.

Mark Stone now has eight goals after taking a pass from Troy Stecher. Canada leads 1-0 early. #IIHFWorlds #VegasBorn #Canucks pic.twitter.com/FFIooS2wZV

A spot in the final is on the line. Canada and the Czech Republic will go to battle at 19:15 CET #IIHFWorlds #CANCZE pic.twitter.com/l8sE1c7Ikx

3⃣0⃣ minutes from 🇨🇦🆚🇨🇿 in the semifinals. Take a glance at how the Canadians will line up.#IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/UVyQJPNTtb

Going for a pre-game warmup record! …. But somebody always has to roof it. pic.twitter.com/ytRkc89Dia