WJC REPORT: Canada advances to semis; Russia, Czech advance to quarters
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins picks up three points in Canada's 4-1 win over Russia
CANADA 3, RUSSIA 1
Canada had a strong first period which led to two goals and 23 shots on net en route to a 4-1 win over the Russians. The victory advanced Canada directly to the semifinals where they will face the winner of USA vs. Czech Republic. Russia will play Switzerland in the quarterfinals.
With 8:17 left to play in the opening period, Canada took its first power play after Nichushkin took a cross-checking penalty. Nichushkin hammered Tyler Wotherspoon from behind into the boards and received five minutes for his efforts.
A couple minutes into the man advantage, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from the top of the right circle spotted Dougie Hamilton at the left point. Hamilton made no mistake, blasting a one-timer past Russian netminder Andrei Makarov to make it a 1-0 game for Canada.
Canada nearly made it 2-0 as RNH and Mark Scheifele both hand chances at point-blank range but Makarov made a couple of acrobatic toe saves to keep it at 1-0.
On the next shift, the Canadians did convert for the two-goal lead. Jonathan Huberdeau's initial shot was stopped by Makarov but Scheifele picked up the rebound in the slot and kicked it to himself before backhanding the puck in on the short side. Nugent-Hopkins got his second assist of the game.
Russia got one of the goals back with 2:24 to play in the opening frame. Scheifele coughed up the puck in his own zone right to the stick of Nikita Kucherov in the high slot. Kucharov made no mistaking, firing a wrist shot past Subban to cut the Canadian lead in half at 2-1.
Canada peppered 23 shots at the Russians in the opening period while Russia had 10.
6:30 into the second period, Canada regained their two-goal lead. Nugent-Hopkins put a shot on goal and the rebound was scooped up by Jonathan Drouin. Drouin picked up the puck and took it around the net where he wrapped it in to make it 3-1 for Canada.
Just prior to the midway point, Canada was buzzing around the Russian net and the Russians were forced to take a penalty. Mironov was sent off for high sticking at 8:26 but Canada was unable to generate a whole lot on the man advantage.
Jonathan Huberdeau added an empty-net goal late in the third period to make it 4-1.
With 19 seconds to play, Tkachov had a breakaway and was hauled down by Ryan Murphy setting up a late-game penalty shot. On the penalty shot, Subban made a right pad save.
The Canadians really clamped down in the final frame, only allowing four Russian shots on goal. Overall, Canada had a 48 to 22 shot advantage in a very complete effort in the victory
Highlights: Canada vs. Russia
-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com
CZECH 4, SWITZERLAND 3 (OT)
The Czech Republic defeated Switzerland 4-3 in overtime on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals where they will face the USA.
Oilers prospect David Musil had an even rating and three shots on goal in the win for the Czechs.
Matej Beran scored 3:46 into the game to put the Czechs on the board. With 5:40 to play in the opening period Christian Marti replied to send the game into the first intermission in a 1-1 tie.
The Czechs exploded for two goals early in the second period to take a two-goal lead. Michal Svihalek tallied at the 3:58 mark and less than three minutes later, Tomas Hyka scored to make it 3-1.
The game would remain 3-1 until there was 8:15 left to play in the third period. While on the power play, Swiss captain Christoph Bertschy scored to draw his squad within a goal then with 2:01 to play, Switzerland had another power play and converted again to tie it up. This time, it was Dario Simion who scored.
The Czechs netted the game-winning goal only 1:39 into overtime. Tomas Hertl scored to send the Czechs into the medal round.
Shots on goal were 31 to 29 in favour of the Czechs.
Highlights: Czech vs. Switzerland
-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com