Hello again from HSBC Arena. Sorry for no elaborate intros, just got done with the first game story on Finland's 4-0 win over Switzerland.
Here we go: Canada and the Czech Republic. Entirely different atmosphere. Let's get to it.
4:09 p.m.: Game is on.
19:11 left: Whoa. That was quick. It's 1-0 Czech Republic. Antonin Honejsek scores unassisted 49 seconds into the game, taking a turnover in the neutral zone by Ryan Ellis and skating around defenseman Dylan Olsen. Honejsek's shot caught the right post behind Team Canada goalie Olivier Roy and went in.
15:46 left: Pretty good chance from the high slot by Canada's Curtis Hamilton is swallowed up by Czech goalie Filip Novotny.
15:25 left: Power play for the Czechs as Casey Cizikas goes to the box on a questionable tripping call. Thunderstick-banging Canadian fans didn't like it. I don't like thundersticks.
13:25 left: Power play over. Canada back at full strength.
12:44 left: Novotny makes a glove save on Ellis. First break. I think I need to catch my breath more than the players.
11:41 left: Bad turnover by Czech defenseman Jakub Jerabek, but he gets away with it when Sabres' draftee Zack Kassian shoots wide from alone in front. Break there. Shots, by the way, are 7-1 for Canada. Yes, the Czechs have scored on their only shot.
9:45 left: Another "Go, Canada, Go" chant. About the 10th of the game so far.
9:32 left: Cizikas takes his second penalty of the first period, this time for plowing over Novotny. Goalie interference.
7:24 left: Another good kill for the Canadians. Shots are 9-2 as we take another short break here. Good work by Louis LeBlanc of Canada to kill off the dying seconds of that penalty.
5:43 left: Power play chance for the Canadians. Martin Frk is in the box for the Czechs for holding.
5:17 left: Tie game. Brayden Schenn makes it 1-1. Ryan Johansen carried the puck into the Czech zone with a head of steam, drawing defenseman Martin Planek to him. That left Schenn open on the left and he took Johansen's pass and blasted high past Novotny.
3:32 left: Another power play for Canada. Petr Senkerik to the box for cross checking.
3:20 left: That was quick. It's 2-1 Canada as Jaden Schwartz accepts a nice cross-ice pass from Schenn and beats Novotny just 12 seconds into the power play. Canada won the draw and cycled the puck around until Schenn found Schwartz. Ellis gets his second assist of the period.
4:44 p.m.: End of the first period, with Canada up, 2-1. Shots are 14-2 in a dominant last 19:11 for our neighbors to the north.
5:00 p.m.: It's 5 o'clock on the dot. I'm not in my drop top, but we're back.
17:56 left: Canadian defenseman Calvin de Hann slow to skate off after taking a big hit in the corner by Czech foward Michal Hlinka. We'll have to see if he can make it back out.
15:50 left: A much better period thus far for the Czechs. No goals, but some good shifts in the Canadian end.
14:07 left: Silence here in HSBC Arena. Kassian is ejected with a five-minute match penalty for a hit to the head. Kassian hit Czech forward Petr Senkerik in the neutral zone with a shoulder. The Czech skater dropped immediately to the ice and did not move. He was attended to by at least 10 trainers and support staff before being wheeled off the ice on a stretcher.
10:40 left: Louis LeBlanc scores for Canada to make it 3-1. LeBlanc worked a short-handed 2-on-1 with Schenn and beat Novotny to the far post. There’s still 1:34 left on Kassian’s major penalty.
6:51 left: Ellis makes it 4-1 for our northerly neighbors. On a delayed penalty, he gets open in the slot and takes another perfect pass from Schenn and beats Novotny five-hole.
:16.3 left: Cody Eakin makes it 5-1 Canada. He accepts a perfect pass from Cizikas and beats Novotny high as the Canadians are rolling.
End Second: Shots are 26-13 in favor of Canada. As you can tell from our problems, the wireless here in HSBC Arena is acting shakier than Lindsay Lohan. We’ll do our best to keep you updated in the third period.
5:55 p.m.: Game's back, hopefully we can say the same for the wireless. It's 5-1 Canada.
14:49 left: It's turning ugly here. Frk ejected for the Czechs for spearing. Five-minute power play for Canada upcoming.
12:13 left: Canada will have a 5-on-3 power play as Jakub Jerabek goes to the box for hooking.
10:48 left: The Czech parade to the penalty box continues. This time it's on Novotny, the goalie, for holding.
10:24 left: Tyson Barrie makes it 6-1 Canada.
UPDATE: Senkerik, the player hit by Kassian who left on a stretcher, will be ok. He has not left the arena, and is resting in the team's dressing room.
10:01 left: It's hopeless. I can't type as fast as Canada can score. This time, it's Jared Cowen on a slapshot from the right point.
9:00 left: Canadian fans are in their glory, starting the second wave of the day.
5:54 left: Czechs to the power play. Quinton Howden of Canada goes for tripping.
4:34 left: Look out! Roy ducks, probably not the best move when you're the goalie, and it gets past him. Jerabek scores from the point to make it 7-2. Won't change anything other than the box score.
Final: Canada cruises to a 7-2 win. Stick around the blog for John Vogl's coverage of Team USA against Slovakia.
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