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WORLD: Nurse scores in semifinal as Canada advances to gold medal match

Oilers defender finished with one goal, four shots and a plus-one rating in 22:06 of ice time in Canada's 5-1 win over the Czech Republic

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

CANADA 5, CZECH REPUBLIC 1

Darnell Nurse and Team Canada are hunting for hardware at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

The shiny, gold kind.

Nurse scored a wraparound goal in the opening minute of the second period to make it 2-0 in what finished as a 5-1 result against the Czech Republic. 

The Oilers rearguard registered four shots on goal and finished plus-one in 22:06 of ice time. The 2013 seventh-overall selection is up to two goals, two assists and a plus-nine rating at the tournament.

With the win, Canada advances to the gold medal match against Finland, who squeaked out a 1-0 semifinal win against Russia. The Finns defeated Canada 3-1 in the first game of the preliminary round but Canada captured eight straight victories since.

RECAP: CAN 5, CZE 1

"We came out hard in the first," Nurse said post-game. "They outshot us, so we want to clean up some things for tomorrow."

Mark Stone culled a goal and assist, while Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turris and Thomas Chabot rounded out the rest of the scoring for the Red and White. 

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Murray stopped 40 of 41 shots on his 25th birthday, allowing the lone goal against to Tomas Zohorna.

"We stayed tight, Matt made some huge saves for us and we were able to capitalize on our opportunities," said the Oilers defender.

Nurse was also asked about Team Finland, who he will see on Sunday at 12:15 PM MDT. 

"Everywhere all over the ice, you see five," he said. "It seems like they swarm you. It's going to be a hard challenge tomorrow but one we're looking forward to."

Canada will look to go for gold for the fourth time in the past five years.

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