Canada's Mark Stone celebrates with Troy Stecher, right, after scoring his side's first goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships semifinal match between Canada and Czech Republic at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Canada, Finland advance to world hockey title game

May 25, 2019 - 4:29 pm

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Mark Stone scored his tournament-leading eighth goal, Matt Murray made 39 saves and Canada beat the Czech Republic 5-1 on Saturday night to advance to face Finland in the world hockey championship final.

Darnell Nurse, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Turris and Thomas Chabot also scored for Canada. Tomas Zohorna scored the Czechs.

In the first semifinal, Marko Anttila scored midway through the third period in Finland's 1-0 victory over Russia.

Canada has won eight straight games since opening with a 3-1 loss to Finland. The teams last met in the final in 2016 in Moscow, with Canada winning 2-1. The title game is Sunday.

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