By the time two periods had passed on Thursday, Canada's loss to Finland two days prior – their first at this year's IIHF World Championship – seemed like a distant memory. The Canadians were already running away with what became a 6-0 win over Sweden, propelling them to the Semifinal Round.
Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart each tallied an assist in the win, which sets up a semifinal rematch between Canada and the U.S. on Saturday. That game will also pit O'Reilly and Reinhart against Buffalo Sabres teammates Hudson Fasching and Jake McCabe. Canada defeated the U.S. 5-1 on May 6.
O'Reilly helped get Canada on the board with 1:21 remaining in the first period on Thursday when he took a hard slap shot that Mark Scheifele was able to tip into the net. O'Reilly has seven points (2+5) in eight games.
The Canadians began to pull away in a four-goal second, concluding with Reinhart's assist on Max Domi's goal with 7:47 remaining in the period. Reinhart hit Domi – his linemate at the World Junior Championship in 2015 – with a crossing pass on a 2-on-1 rush for his third assist of the tournament.
Matt Dumba, Brad Marchand, Mark Stone and Derick Brassard also scored goals for Canada while Cam Talbot made 24 saves for his third shutout of the tournament.
USA 2 – CZE 1 (SO)
Hours before Canada defeated Sweden, Auston Matthews scored the lone goal in a shootout and Keith Kinkaid was steady in net as Team USA kept its bid to medal for a second straight year alive with a 2-1 quarterfinal win over the Czech Republic.
After finishing in fourth place in Group B in the Preliminary Round, the U.S. came in as underdogs against a Czech Republic team that finished atop Group A and hadn’t lost a game in regulation. Matthews stepped up when he was needed most, scoring first in regulation to tie the game at 1-1 and then netting the winner with a nifty move on the U.S. team's third attempt in the shootout.
Kinkaid stopped all three of the shots he faced in the shootout and stopped 28 more in regulation. The only goal he did allow came on a penalty shot for Tomas Zohorna in the first period.
Fasching logged 10:54 of ice time while McCabe played 23:06 despite leaving with an apparent injury after falling to the ice with 46 seconds remaining in the second period. He returned to play the third and overtime.
The U.S. and Canada will meet at 1:15 p.m. EST on Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Gold Medal Game on Sunday. Russia and Finland will square off in the other semifinal beforehand at 9:15 a.m.