Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec scored a goal and two assists and his linemate Jaromir Jagr recorded a hattrick as the Czech Republic shut out the USA 4-0 in the World Hockey Championship quarterfinals.
It was the Czechs seventh straight win. They will face Sweden in the semi-final on Friday. Sweden defeated Germany 5-2 in another quarterfinal match. Canada will play Russia and Finland meets Russia Thursday in the other quarterfinal games.
Plekanec and Jagr share the Czech scoring lead with eight points, each with 5 goals in six games. Plekanec is in his fifth world tournament. In 33 career tournament games he’s scored 12 goals and 11 assists – 23 points. He scored 2 goals and an assist for the Czech Republic at the Vancouver Olympics in February.