World Hockey Championship: Juraj Slafkovsky shines in a setback for Slovakia

Juraj Slafkovsky finished his NHL season with style and has clearly not lost any of his level of play.

The Montreal Canadiens forward started his World Hockey Championship with a bang offensively with a haul of two assists Friday afternoon in the Czech Republic.

Despite Slafkovsky’s offensive success, Slovakia fell 6-4 from the start against Germany. Slafkovsky, who also had six shots on goal, finished the game with a plus-2 rating.

Slafkovsky is used to having strong moments on the international scene. In 2022, before being the Canadians’ very first choice, he had seven goals in seven games at the Olympic Games, before adding nine points in eight games at the World Hockey Championship. An injury prevented Slafkovsky from representing his country at the world tournament in 2023.

But Friday afternoon, the performance of Slafkovsky and Slovakia, which dominated 39-22 in shots on goal, was not enough for the nation to start its tournament successfully.

Jones Muller, Marc Michaelis, Leonhard Pfoderl, Dominik Kahun, Lukas Kalble and Tobias Eder all scored for the Germans, while goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped 35 pucks.

For Slovakia, Slafkovsky was complicit in the goals of Libor Hudacek and Matus Sukel. Marek Hrivik and Martin Fehervary also hit the target.

Slovakia will continue its tournament on Sunday, against Kazakhstan.

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