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Canada Runs Over Czech Republic in World Cup

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Sidney Crosby Leads Canada Past Czech Republic in Their Opening Game of the World Cup of Hockey

Backed behind 3 points from Sidney Crosby, Team Canada scored 6 goals on Team Czech Republic to win their opening game of the World Cup. Crosby, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews, and Alex Pietrangelo all scored for Team Canada, while goaltender Carey Price made 27 saves in the shutout.

After being out shot 6-1 early in the first period, Team Canada had a flurry of offensive opportunities, which eventually led to the teams first goal. Crosby grabbed a rebound behind the net, and took a shot that hit off the back of goaltender Michael Neuvirth and into the back of the net.

Marchand would make it 2-0 before the 1st period would end, redirecting a Brent Burns slap shot past Neuvirth. After Bergeron won the faceoff, Crosby passed the puck back to Burns. Burns took the slap shot from the blue line before Marchand would tip the puck in. And with just seconds remaining in the 1st, Bergeron would make it 3-0 after 1 period.

Thornton would make it 4-0 in the second period, scoring off of a pass from none other than Crosby, who received his 3rd point of the game. The goal was the first by Thornton from Team Canada since the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Toews and Pietrangelo both scored on the powerplay, giving Canada a 5-0, and 6-0 lead respectively. The power play was considered one of the weakest parts of this Canada team, so scoring 2 goals on it just makes this team even stronger.

Carey Price played very well, stopping all 27 of the shots he faced. He was not tested very often, but when he was he looked like the goaltender from early last injury, before his injury, which bodes well for Team Canada and his NHL team, the Montreal Canadians.

Team Canada will face off against Team USA on Tuesday, September 20th.