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Plekanec and Jerabek bested in World Hockey Championship opener

The Czech Republic dropped a 4-1 decision to Canada on Friday night in Paris

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl /

MONTREAL - The Czech Republic opened the 2017 IIHF World Hockey Championship with a 4-1 loss to Canada on Friday night in Paris.

Centerman Tomas Plekanec and defenseman Jakub Jerabek were held off the scoresheet in the defeat at AccorHotels Arena.

Plekanec logged 16:26 of ice time, but failed to register a shot on Canadian starter Calvin Pickard. For his part, Jerabek played 15:32 on the back end, and chipped in with a shot along the way.

Ryan O'Reilly, Mike Matheson, Tyson Barrie and Jeff Skinner scored for Canada, while the lone Czech goal came courtesy of Lukas Radil.

Plekanec and Jerabek will be back in action on Saturday as the Czech Republic takes on Belarus. 

Norway's Andreas Martinsen will also be hitting the ice against France on Saturday to open his tournament in the French capital as well.

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