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Tatar, Slovakia fall to Kakko, Finland

Habs forward held off the scoresheet in 4-2 loss on Saturday

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - After starting off the preliminary round on the right foot the day before, Tomas Tatar and Slovakia ran up against a streaking Finland team and fell 4-2 in their second day of action at the IIHF World Hockey Championship on Saturday.

Highly rated prospect Kaapo Kakko scored a hat trick to lead Finland over host country Slovakia at the Steel Arena. Petteri Lindbohm scored the other tally for Finland, while Erik Cernak and Martin Marincin replied for Slovakia.

Tatar, who had scored in his team's win against the United States on Friday, was held off the scoresheet. He finished with an even differential and three shots on net in 14:29 of action against Finland.

Slovakia has the day off on Sunday. Their next game is slated for Monday against Canada at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Elsewhere at the Worlds, Habs prospect David Sklenicka played in the Czech Republic's 7-2 win over Norway on Saturday. He didn't register any points but finished with a plus-1 differential and one shot on net in 16:03 of ice time.

The Czech Republic also have a day off on Sunday before facing Russia at 10:15 a.m. ET on Monday.

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