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Canada, Finland to meet for world hockey championship

The Canadians shut out Russia in the semifinals, and the Finns top the Czech Republic.

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The Golden Knights’ Mark Stone scored his tournament-leading eighth goal, the Penguins’ Matt Murray made 39 saves and Canada beat the Czech Republic 5-1 to advance to the world hockey championship final on Saturday.

The Lightning’s Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph didn’t record a point for Canada, which faces Finland for the title Sunday. Ondrej Palat and Jan Rutta were pointless for the Czechs.

For Finland, Marko Anttila scored midway through the third period in a 1-0 victory over Russia. He grabbed a loose puck after a point shot bounced off Russian defenseman Nikita Zaitsev’s leg and fired it through Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy’s gaping five-hole.

The Russians pulled Vasilevskiy for an extra skater with under two minutes to go. Goalie Kevin Lankinen, a Blackhawks prospect with AHL Rockford, stood his ground despite losing his stick in the dying moments, making a fine blocker save on Nikita Kucherov.

“We couldn’t score, and then we allowed a soft goal at the other end,” said Russian and Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. “They got a lucky bounce. That was the difference. We have to give them their due: They defended well against our forwards. They didn’t give us anything.”

Russia plays the Czech Republic today for the bronze medal.