Fans can watch the Team Canada vs. Czech Republic hockey game live online and see which team skates its way to the finals of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
The puck for the semifinal game drops Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET from Prague, with a trip to the championship game on the line.
For Team Canada, the game is a chance to keep its perfect 7-0 record in the preliminary stage, which includes a 9-0 trouncing of Belarus in the quarterfinal round. Tyler Seguin, who is now the tournament’s leading scorer, notched a hat trick in the blowout win.
“We won by the margin because we kept playing our game,” Seguin said. “We’re looking forward to the semifinal match.”
Team Canada has the benefit of some early NHL exits, with Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby leaving his disappointing playoff run to notch 8 points in the tournament (3 goals, 5 assists).
But fans who watch the Team Canada vs. Czech Republic game live online will see two teams stacked with NHL talent. The Czech team has Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek, who have a combined 19 points.
The Sporting News noted that the Czech team certainly has the talent to pull off the upset.
“Ageless wonder Jagr is the leader for the host Czechs, who enter this game as the obvious underdog. If Pavelec stands on his head and Voracek gets loose for a goal or two, they could pose an upset threat should the Canadians, for whatever reason, be off their game.”
But Jagr noted that it will take a great performance for Czech Republic to make it through, even with home ice advantage.
“We’re under huge pressure,” Jagr said. “The fans consider us better than Canada. They’re excellent players. It could be they’ll never have such a great team at the worlds again. If they play their best, we have little chance. We can’t give them a bit of ice without fighting.”
Jagr and the Czech team certainly have the home crowd on their side, as Seguin already learned.
“I was watching the game and the whole place where I was eating dinner was chanting Jagr’s name,” Seguin told reporters after Canada’s practice on Friday.
“I started chanting too and I took a video of it. Jar-o-mir Jagr!”
The winner will go on to face the winner of Team USA vs. Russia.
Fans who want to watch the Team Canada vs. Czech Republic hockey game can click here for streaming video through NBC Sports Extra.
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