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WORLDS DAY 8: Slovakia rebounds to defeat France

After two tough losses to Canada and Germany, Slovakia rebounded to beat France 6-3

by Amanda Stein / newjerseydevils.com

For full coverage of the Devils competing in this month's World Championship and their individual and country's performances, visit our international page at newjerseydevils.com/worlds.

SLOVAKIA 6, FRANCE 3

Slovakia: Marian Studenic

The host-team returned to the win column on Friday as the World Championship enters it's second week of play. 

After a couple of heartbreaking dying-minute losses, Slovakia pulled out a 6-3 win against France. Slovakia jump ahead of Denmark in the Group B standings with their second win of Championship for fifth place, behind the United States for the final quarterfinal spot in the Group. 

Devils prospect Marian Studenic was held off the scoreboard, although the 20-year-old forward does have three assists through his first five games with the men's national team. 

Next: Slovakia take on Great Britain on Saturday afternoon at 2:15pm EDT 

FINLAND VS. GREAT BRITAIN

Finland: Kaapo Kakko

Finland improved to a 4-0-1 record at the World Championship after s shutout win over Great Britain on Friday. 

Top European prospect Kaapo Kakko was held off the scoresheet for only the second time in five games. He was also held without a point against the United States earlier this week. It wasn't for lack of trying, however. The Finnish forward continued to put his skills on display, no more so than during the third period when, behind the Great Britain net, he went uncontested and tried to flip the puck up and over the net to a teammate waiting in front. 

 

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: Kaapo Kakko tried to flip the puck OVER the net to his teammates...and it nearly worked! pic.twitter.com/nqY6M39GCi

Though the play didn't quite connect, the Finns had already built themselves a three-goal lead and cruised to their way to a fourth victory in a 5-0 final.

Despite going without a goal, Kakko remains tied for the tournament lead in goals (six) with Russia's Yevgeni Dadonov. 

Next: Finland return to the ice on Sunday to face France in a 2:15 pm EDT matchup

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