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.
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.