8:56 p.m.: Puck drop. Unless Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin suddenly become Czechoslovakians, a heck of a lot younger and walk through that door, this one's over.
12:00: Looks like we'll coast to a merciful finish. Russia has been tapping the brakes since the middle of the second period.
8:59: GOAL, Czech. Ahhh, the pity clap. Michal Hlinka scores for the Czech Republic and the fans here cheer on. Something like routing for the straggler in a two-mile run in track.
0:00: There you have it. Game. Russia moves on. Czech heads to the consolation. FINAL: RUSSIA 8, CZECH 3.
8 p.m.: Puck drop.
17:26 left: GOAL, Czech. Petr Straka cleans up the trash in front of the net for a much-needed goal there. 4-2, Russia.
15:32: GOAL, Russia. Weak goal. Defenseman Georgi Berdyukov just throws the puck at the net from the blue line and it sneaks through. 5-2.
13:30: GOAL, Russia. Tarasenko is for real. Another assist for the St. Louis Blues 16th overall pick. His shot bounces off the goal and a teammate buries it. 6-2. Czechs are dazed and confused. One player just broke his stick across the Russia goal.
9:38: GOAL, Russia. Or, um, sort of. That was sad. Czech defenseman scores on himself to give Russia a 7-2 lead.
9:00: GOAL, Russia. Kitsyn taps in the puck on a 2-on-1. This has become a laugher. Russia is creating offensive rushes at will. 8-2.
0:00: For nine minutes, Russia plays patty cake. Really showed some mercy the rest of the way.
7:08 p.m.: Puck drop.
19:12 left: Ding! Russia's Maxim Kitsyn hits the post right off the bat.
18:07: GOAL, Czechs. Jakub Orsava has his initial shot saved, the puck ricochets back to him and he finishes it. 1-0, Czech Republic.
17:03: GOAL, Russia. Quick answer on the power play. Russia's Dmitri Orlov unleashes a slapper from the blue line to tie it up at 1-1. High-energy game out of the gate.
13:37: GOAL, Russia. They're flying now. End-to-end Russia is creating chances. An initial shot on a rush leaks through the Czech goalie's pads and Yevgeni Kuznetsov buries it. 2-1.
11:30: GOAL, Russia. Russians are starting to pour it on now. Czechs look slow, uninterested defensively. This time, Russian Vladimir Tarasenko sifts through the Czech 'D' almost untouched and drops a pass to teammate Denis Golubev at the doorstep for an easy tap-in. 3-1.
9:12: GOAL, Russia. Shorthanded, Russians are even creating offense at will. Tarasenko rips through the Czech defense and eventually finishes what he started. Orlov's shot hits the post, falls to the right doorstep and Tarasenko scores it. 4-1, Russia.
3:50: Czech defenseman crosschecks Tarasenko into the neck after the whistle. No penalty. Czechs looking desperate, trying to agitate the Russians. Tarasenko didn't take the bait, calmly skating away.
0:00: That's it for the first. Russia in complete command of this game. Sure, it's against a slow Czech team but they look like a threat tonight.
Win and you're in. It's as simple as that for Russia and the Czech Republic here at Dwyer Arena.
The winner secures the final quarterfinal spot in Group B and the loser heads to the relegation round. Both countries have certainly had their struggles in the top-heavy division. Russia, always a heavyweight, lost its first two games --- and even was tied with Norway, 2-2 --- before waking up. The Czech? Same story. Both teams ran into the Canada and Sweden buzzsaws.
A ton on the line tonight before a reported sold-out crowd. We're 25 minutes away. Keep it here for live updates all game.