Canada edges Czechs at worlds
|Canada's Wayne Simmonds (left) celebrates his goal with Matt Duchene (centre) and Eric Staal during their world championship game against Czech Republic in Stockholm, Sunday, May 12, 2013. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)
Team Canada has an excellent chance at winning their division at the world hockey championship.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner scored the game-winning goal 6:55 into the third, leading Canada to a 2-1 win Sunday over Czech Republic in Stockholm. The win locked up at least a berth in the quarter-finals for the Canadians.
Winger Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers opened the scoring for Canada on the power-play at 11:01 of the first, tipping in a shot from 'Canes captain Eric Staal.
The Czechs replied with less than three minutes left in the frame on a goal by Petr Koukal.
Flyers defenceman Luke Schenn was thrown out of the game after receiving a five-minute major and a game misconduct for hitting Czech forward Zbynek Irgl from behind during the second period. Irgl left the game, but returned minutes later.
Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith stopped 30 shots in the victory, while Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets took the loss.
Canada's final preliminary game is Monday against winless Slovenia, who have been outscored 23-9.