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2019 IIHF World Championships: Day 1 Update

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Eichel assists in US game; Canada falls to Finland

United States v Slovakia: Group A - 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images

The 2019 IIHF World Championships kicked off today in Slovakia. A Canadian roster stacked with NHL talent fell to Finland by a score of 3-1 in the first game of the day for Group A. Brandon Montour got caught out of position on Finland’s first goal, while Sam Reinhart was held pointless. Elsewhere, Russia topped Norway 5-2.

Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel recorded one assist in the United States’ 4-1 loss to Slovakia; he was also part of his team’s top power-play unit. Finally, the Czech Republic narrowly defeated Sweden by a score of 5-2.

Finland 3, Canada 1

Finland goals: Kaapo Kakko (2019 draft eligible); Arttu Ilomaki; Kaapo Kakko

Canada goal: Jonathan Marchessault

Russia 5, Norway 2

Russia goals: Evgeni Dadonov; Artem Anisimov; Nikita Kucherov; Evgeni Dadonov; Nikita Gusev

Norway goals: Thomas Valkvae Olsen; Jonas Holos

Slovakia 4, United States 1

United States goals: Alex DeBrincat

Slovakia goals: Matus Sukel, Erik Cernak, Tomas Tatar, Michal Kristof

Czech Republic 5, Sweden 2

Czech Republic goals: Jakub Vrana, Dominik Kubalik, Michael Frolik, Jakub Vrana, Jan Kovar

Sweden goals: Patric Hornqvist, Oskar Lindblom

Sabres Players in Action Today

Sam Reinhart: 0g, 0a, 0 pts, 0 PIM, 0 shots, minus-1, 14:36 ice time

Brandon Montour: 0g, 0a, 0 pts, 0 PIM, 2 shots, minus-2, 23:36 ice time

Jack Eichel: 0g, 1a, 1 pt, 0 PIM, 3 shots, minus-2, 18:49 ice time

Tomorrow’s Games (Saturday, all times ET)

(*Asterisk denotes game is televised on NHL Network US).

6 am: Denmark vs. France*, Switzerland vs. Italy

10 am: Germany vs. Great Britain*, Latvia vs. Austria

2 pm: Slovakia vs. Finland*, Norway vs. Czech Republic