|Forward Jonathan Huberdeau battles for position against the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship. (Richard Wolowicz / HHOF-IIHF Images).
Monday was day four at the IIHF World Championship as both Canada and the United States played their third game of the tournament.
The Canadians continued their winning ways (2-0-1-0) as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead before holding on for the 4-3 victory over Czech Republic. The United States (2-0-0-1), meanwhile saw their perfect start to the tournament come to an end, falling 6-1 to Russia.
RUSSIA 6 - UNITED STATES 1
Holding a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play, Russia erupted for four goals in the middle stanza to skate away with the 6-1 victory over the United States. It was a balanced attack as five different skaters, led by Viktor Tikhonov's two scores, recorded goals in the victory.
USA Captain and Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader scored 57 seconds into the second period to answer Tikhonov's first goal of the game but that was it as Andrei Vasilevski turned aside 39 shots in the victory.
Jimmy Hayes finished with three shots on goal on 9:47 of ice time and Drew Shore won three of his six draws on 9:17 of ice time. The United States will have two days off before taking on Latvia on Thursday.
CANADA 4 - CZECH REPUBLIC 3
Canada jumped out to a 4-1 lead thanks to two second period goals and staved off a Czech comeback attempt in winning 4-3. The Canadians found themselves in a familiar situation Monday, allowing the first goal of the game 5:55 in but Jonathan Huberdeau helped set up Joel Ward's equalizer four minutes later. Kyle Turris gave them the lead 3:22 into the second before Nathan MacKinnon and Morgan Rielly netted power play goals after Jan Kovar was assessed a five minute major for slashing in the second period.
The Czech Republic made it a game with two goals 49 seconds apart early in the third and James Riemer came up big down the stretch to give the Canadians the victory.
Huberdeau finished with the assist on 11:06 of ice time while defenseman Erik Gudbranson finished a plus-1 on one shot on 13:38 of ice time. Canada also next plays on Thursday, taking on Denmark.
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