Czechs snap Sweden's streak at World Championship, Slovakia beat USA

The Czech Republic stunned reigning IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship holders Sweden, while Slovakia defeated the United States on the opening day.

Eyeing a third consecutive title, Sweden suffered a 5-2 defeat against the Czechs in Group B in Bratislava on Friday.

The defeat snapped Sweden's 17-game winning streak, dating back to May 2017.

"They play great system hockey, but I think we played better," said Czech forward Filip Chytil. "We scored more goals, so we're happy for that."

Elsewhere in Group B, Russia claimed a 5-2 victory over Norway.

Host nation Slovakia opened their campaign with a 4-1 victory over USA thanks to goals from Matus Sukel, Erik Cernak, Tomas Tatar and Michal Kristof in Group A.

Meanwhile, Finland were too good for Canada following a 3-1 win.

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