Cam Talbot and Calvin Pickard combined for a 22-save shutout, leading Canada’s National Men’s Team past the Czech Republic 3-0 on Tuesday.
The game was Canada’s only pre-tournament match-up ahead of the 2016 IIHF World Championship; the Canadians open defence of their gold medal Friday against the United States.
Ryan O’Reilly, Matt Duchene and Connor McDavid had the goals for the Canadians, who won despite being outshot 22-19.
It didn’t take long for Canada to take an early lead; O’Reilly redirected a Morgan Rielly point shot past Czech netminder Pavel Francouz only 6:39 after the puck dropped.
Duchene finished off a pretty feed from Max Domi just over two minutes after that, and the Canadians looked to be well on their way to a victory.
But that would be the last puck to beat Francouz, who gave way to Dominik Furch at the 11-minute mark of the second period with the score still 2-0. The Canadians made their goaltending change at the same time, with Pickard replacing Talbot.
McDavid added third and final goal at 12:05 of the final period, splitting the Czech defence and roofing a shot over the glove of Furch.
Talbot and Pickard split the shutout right down the middle, making 11 saves apiece.
The Canadians will depart Prague on Wednesday for St. Petersburg, Russia, where they will play their preliminary round games at the world championship.
06:39 – GOAL – O’Reilly (Rielly, Tanev)
08:53 – GOAL – Duchene (Domi)
19:40 – PEN – Hall, tripping
21:03 – PEN – Sekáč, tripping
24:49 – PEN – Matheson, tripping
43:18 – PEN – Scheifele, slashing
46:45 – PEN – Kousal, slashing
49:11 – PEN – Domi, slashing
52:05 – GOAL – McDavid (Matheson, Dumba)
W: Talbot (11-11), Pickard (11-11)
L: Francouz (9-11), Furch (7-8)
SHOTS ON GOAL
8+5+6 = 19
8+7+7 = 22
Goaltenders: Calvin Pickard, Cam Talbot. Defence: Cody Ceci, Matt Dumba, Ben Hutton, Mike Matheson, Ryan Murray, Morgan Rielly, Chris Tanev. Forwards: Derick Brassard, Max Domi, Matt Duchene, Brendan Gallagher, Taylor Hall, Curtis Hamilton, Boone Jenner, Connor McDavid, Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhart, Mark Scheifele, Mark Stone.
Goaltenders: Pavel Francouz, Dominik Furch. Defence: Milan Doudera, Jakub Jeřábek, Michal Jordán, Tomáš Kundrátek, Adam Polášek, Radim Šimek, Tomáš Voráček, Petr Zámorský. Forwards: Tomáš Filippi, Richard Jarůšek, Petr Koukal (A), Robert Kousal, Dominik Kubalík, David Pastrňák, Tomáš Plekanec (C), Michal Řepík, Jiří Sekáč, Tomáš Vincour, Martin Zaťovič (A), Tomáš Zohorna.
| CANADA (C)
(+ 7 ties)
|First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. CZE)
CAN 15-0 TCH – 04/24/1920 – OG – Antwerp
|Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. CZE)
CAN 2-0 CZE – 05/16/2015 – WC – Prague
|Last IHLC Game
CAN 6-1 RUS – 05/17/2015 – WC – Prague
|Next IHLC Game
CAN 5-1 USA – 05/06/2016 – WC – Saint Petersburg