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Canada survives Czech Republic rally to move to the top of Group A

Canada's Nathan MacKinnon #29 and Brayden Schenn #10 enjoy the national anthem after a 4-3 victory over Team Czech Republic during preliminary round action at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Canada's Nathan MacKinnon #29 and Brayden Schenn #10 enjoy the national anthem after a 4-3 victory over Team Czech Republic during preliminary round action at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images

Canada got another scare at the World Championships on Monday, but held on to beat the Czech Republic by a score of 4-3.

After a three goal barrage in the second period, Canada entered the final frame with a three-goal advantage. The Czechs responded with goals from Jiri Novotny and Tomas Hertl to cut the deficit to one. Luckily late penalty trouble doomed the Czech Republic, who were unable to find the equalizer.

Canada was outshot 34-20 in the game, but there was one bright spot; as they were finally able to find success on their powerplay. In a 17-second span, Nathan MacKinnon and Morgan Rielly each tallied with the man advantage.

"We have been working on our power play, trying to make sure that we can capitalize on our chances and we were able to come through today," said Kyle Turris, who also scored for Canada.

With the goal, MacKinnon became the second youngest player to score for Canada in the World Championships since they started allowing pros in 1977 (trailing only Paul Kariya).

Canada’s other goal came from Joel Ward, who was named his team’s best player, also recording an assist. The Czechs other goal came from Roman Cervenka.

With the win, Canada has now earned seven points in three games. They sit atop Group A in the preliminary round standings. They have four games remaining in their preliminary round schedule. They will be back in action Thursday, when they face off against Denmark. The Czech Republic is in sixth place with three points, and will face Italy on Wednesday.