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Canadians Remain Undefeated After 7-2 Victory Over Czech Republic

Canada's Jaden Schwartz, right, celebrates his team's second goal with teammate Zack Kassian against Czech Republic during first period action at the IIHF world junior hockey championship, Dec. 28, 2010 in Buffalo N.Y. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Brayden Schenn had a goal and four assists as Canada downed the Czech Republic 7-2 in a nasty game in which defenceman Calvin de Haan was injured and Czech forward Petr Senkerik was taken off on a stretcher after an open ice hit from Zack Kassian.

Jaden Schwartz, Louis Leblanc, Ryan Ellis, Cody Eakin, Tyson Barrie and Jared Cowen also scored as Canada improved to 2-0 in preliminary round play. Canada plays Norway on Wednesday and ends the round robin portion of the tournament Friday against Sweden.

Antonin Honejsek scored on the Czechs’ first shot on Olivier Roy, who was sharp the rest of the way as Canada had a 39-19 shot advantage. Czech captain Jacob Jeracek added a late power-play goal.

A hush went through the pro-Canadian crowd as Kassian, a tough winger who was suspended 20 games by the OHL last season for a head hit, lined up Senkerik in the neutral zone and levelled him with a shoulder to the chest and jaw. The 19-year-old lay on the ice for several minutes but looked to be moving as he was wheeled off.

Canada killed off the five-minute major for a hit to the head, which came less than three minutes after de Haan left the game with what looked like a leg injury after a crushing but legal hit into the boards by Michel Hlinka.

At 5:35 of the third frame, Czech forward Martin Frk got a game misconduct for spearing Erik Gudbranson and shortly after, Marcus Foligno hobbled to the bench after being chopped on the ankle by goalie Filip Novotny but was able to return to the ice shortly after.

Defencemen Barrie and Cowen scored on the resulting 5-on-3 advantages.

After going 3-for-5 on the power play in a tournament-opening 6-3 win over Russia on Sunday, the Canadians were 4-for-7.

As in the game against Russia, Canada surrendered the first goal as Honejsek took the puck from Ellis in the neutral zone and fired a wrist shot to the far post that Roy waved at only 49 seconds in.

And also like the last game, Canada tied it on a power play as Ryan Johansen fed Schenn on the left side for a shot over Novotny’s glove at 14:43. Less than two minutes later, Ellis sent Schwartz in on the left side for the go-ahead goal.

Leblanc scored shorthanded on a feed from Schenn 9:20 into the second frame, Ellis got one at 13:09 and Eakin roofed a goal in from close range with 17 seconds left in the period.

Novotny got the start ahead of Marek Mazanec, who had a 21-save shutout in a 2-0 win over Norway on Monday.

The Czechs have never beaten Canada as a full Czech team at the world junior tournament and are 0-11-2 since a combined Czech/Slovak squad beat Canada 7-4 in 1993. Canada has outscored them (54-18) in those games.

In another game, Joni Ortio made 15 saves for the shutout as Finland downed Switzerland 4-0, leaving both teams with 1-1 records.

Joonas Nattinen, Jaakko Turtiainen, Teemu Pulkkinen and Julius Junttila scored for the Finns, who were beaten 3-2 in a shootout by the United States on Sunday. Nattinen, a Montreal Canadiens draft pick who returned this month after three months out with a severed Achilles tendon, was named player of the game.