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Tatar, Slovakia down USA at Worlds

Habs forward starts off 2019 tourney in style with insurance goal for the host country

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Tomas Tatar and Slovakia started off their 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championship on home turf in style, downing the United States in their opening game of the preliminary round on Friday.

The Habs forward scored the insurance marker in a 4-1 win over Team USA, with Matus Sukel, Erik Cernak, and Michal Kristof scoring the other goals for the host country. Alex DeBrincat was the lone American goal-scorer.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Peep that @TomasTatar90 celly 🔥#USASVK #IIHFWorlds

Canadiens prospect Cayden Primeau is a member of the current USA roster, but he didn't dress on Friday.

Slovakia is back at it again on Saturday to take on Finland at 2:15 p.m. ET. The United States' next game is early on Sunday morning against France.

Elsewhere at the Worlds, Laval Rocket defenseman David Sklenicka battled it out with the Czech Republic in a 5-2 win over Sweden. Sklenicka was held off the scoresheet but finished with a plus-1 differential in 17:37 of ice time.

The Czech Republic faces Norway on Saturday at the same time as the Slovakia game.

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