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Tatar, Slovakia get back in the wins column

For a second straight game, the Habs forward picked up a pair of helpers for the host country

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Slovakia was able to halt their three-game slide at the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a 6-3 win over France on Friday.

The two teams were neck and neck after 40 minutes of play, but three quick goals in the final frame helped the host country to a win.

Tomas Tatar contributed on goals from Matus Sukel and Erik Cernak, and skated for 20:45 in the win. Richard Panik, Libor Hudacek, Michal Cajkovsky, and Ladislav Nagy also lit the lamp for Slovakia.

Tatar now has one goal and four assists for five points so far in the tournament.

Slovakia's record improved to 2-0-0-3 in the preliminary round of the Worlds. Their next game takes place on Saturday against Great Britain.

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