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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Canadians, Czechs to Meet in Semis




ST. PETERSBURG -- Ryan Smyth of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers scored twice and added an assist as Canada topped Switzerland 5-3 in the quarterfinals of the World Hockey Championships on Thursday.


Canada is next to face reigning champion Czech Republic, which defeated Latvia 3-1.


Juha Lind of the Montreal Canadiens scored the winning goal to lead Finland to a 2-1 victory over Sweden and a place in the semifinals against Slovakia, which ended the United States' unbeaten run at the tournament with a 4-1 win.


The Swiss moved into the final 10 minutes of their game 3-2 ahead, but the Canadians stormed back, starting with a goal by Mike Sillinger of the Florida Panthers and followed by goals from Smyth and a last-minute goal from Brad Isbister of the New York Islanders.


"It wasn't pretty but sometimes you've got to paint the shed instead of a masterpiece,'' said Canadian coach Tom Renney.


Michal Hreus scored the winning goal to lead Slovakia past the United States. It marked the first time Slovakia has ever beaten the Americans at the worlds, and the team's first time in the round of four.


Finland rallied from a goal down to advance to the semifinals.


Lind scored the winner when he took a pass from Niko Kapanen before driving the puck from the top of the slot past goaltender Tommy Salo of the Oilers.


Latvia took an early lead in its game when Aleksandrs Nizivijs hammered in a rebound from the slot.


The Czech Republic's power play unit was too strong. Vaclav Varada intercepted a clearing attempt from Latvian goalie Arturs Irbe and tipped the puck into the open net.


Michal Sykora scored the gamewinner for the Czechs on another power play, taking a pass from David Vyborny through the slot and beating Irbe.


Jiri Dopita capped the scoring with another power-play goal.


The lawsuit against holdout center Alexei Yashin by an Ottawa Senators fan was thrown out of court Thursday.


Ottawa real estate magnate Leonard Potechin launched a $27.5 million suit in November on behalf of Senators fans against Yashin after the Russian star had walked away from a $3.6 million contract with the NHL team.


In dismissing the suit, Justice Michel Charbonneau said that Potechin didn't establish he had a contractual right entitling him to have Yashin on the Senators' roster in 1999-2000.


Yashin's future will be determined at an arbitration hearing May 24-25 in Toronto where he hopes to be declared a restricted free agent when his contract expires July 1.