Having squeezed through to the last four with a dramatic quarter-final win over Switzerland, after forcing overtime with a goal 0. Mark Stone, who scored twice against the Swiss including a sudden-death overtime winner, fired Canada ahead in the first period when he steered in a Troy Stecher pass. Kyle Turris and a dazzling Thomas Chabot solo effort put the Canadians ahead in the third period before Tomas Zohorna netted a late consolation goal for the Czechs. The Canadians won back-to-back titles in and but finished fourth last year and will be keen to take home a third gold medal in the last usa vs russia ice hockey live years when they lock horns with the high-flying Finns.
Russia starts the period on the power play. The play keeps it USA as Kravtsov slams his stick.
Grigori Denisenko Panthers picks up the puck in his own end and flys into the US zone. With no options, he rips it from the bottom of the right circle top shelf over Cayden Primeau. USA leads Grigori Denisenko takes the puck from the Russian net and beats Cayden Primeau over the left shoulder.
Probably not the best defensive effort from Samberg there. WJC pic. USA 1-for-2 on the power play. USA already 1-for-1 with the man advantage. Sasha Chmelevski finishes off a tremendous passing play on the PP, with Jack Hughes making the final pass.
USA has the top penalty kill in the tournament. A scuffle ensues and Russia may have evened it as Grigori Denisenko Panthers comes in late and hits Samberg from behind. Dylan Samberg shoved Vitali Kravstov at the end of the period and the Americans will start the second with a penalty.
Saw what looked to be blood when he skated away. If Russia does not score, the power play will continue into the second period. Good news for New York Islanders' fans as Cockerill was a seventh-round pick by the team in and Wahlstrom was the Islanders first rounder in Good transition by the Americans.
He's not the only player with NHL ties. Russia strikes first as Nikita Shashkov's redirect goes off his skate and past Cayden Primeau.
Russia makes it after simply outworking the Americans in their own zone. A lot of watching from the US. Samorukov slap pass to Nikita Shashkov.