The Czech Republic players celebrate after a third period goal by Michal Birner #16 while Russia's Vadim Shipachyov #87 looks on during preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Championship. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images
The sold-out crowd was fully behind the Russians. The players were nervous but came to life. The stage was set, but the Czechs persevered would not break.
Everything was there for a victory to kick off the 80th World Championship, but the timely scoring of the Czechs, and their...
Laying it all on the Laine
Finnish teen erupts in opening win over Belarus[more]
Finland's Juuso Hietanen #38 celebrates with Patrik Laine #29 and Aleksander Barkov #61 after Team Finland scores their fourth goal of the game during preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Championship. Photo: Minas Panagiotakis / HHOF-IIHF Images
Patrik Laine made a statement with two goals and an assist in Finland’s opening 6-2 win over Belarus in their Friday night opener in St. Petersburg.
Five different goal scorers carry Canada to win[more]
Canada's Taylor Hall #4 celebrates with Ben Hutton #10, Michael Matheson #7 and Derick Brassard #19 after scoring Team Canada's first goal of the game during preliminary round action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey Championship. Photo: Minas Panagiotakis / HHOF-IIHF Images
North American rivals Canada and the United States faced off in the opening tilt here at the 2016 World Championships.
Canada came back from an early deficit in the...