Jeff Blashill, Team USA drop opening game in world hockey championships

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Slovakia's Tomas Tatar, a former Red Wing, celebrates his goal past goaltender Cory Schneider of the United States.

This wasn’t the start Team USA wanted at the men’s world hockey championships Friday in Slovakia.

Facing the host country, Team USA — coached by the Red Wings’ Jeff Blashill — lost 4-1.

Farmington Hills native Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks) scored the lone USA goal on the power play.

Slovakia scored twice in a span of 3 minutes, 6 seconds early in the second period, snapping a 1-1 tie. Former Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar scored the second goal, making it a 3-1 game.

Slovakia goalie Patrik Rybar — the Grand Rapids Griffins goalie — stopped 11 USA shots.

Wings forwards Dylan Larkin and Luke Glendening were kept off the scoresheet for the Americans, who will face France on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Finland defeated Canada, 3-1. Red Wings forwards Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi were held scoreless for Canada.

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