2019 World Championship: Recap, highlights on Blackhawks players, prospects from Day 1

Dominik Kubalik had a goal and an assist for the Czech Republic.

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Finland 3, Canada 1 (Group A)

Finnish winger Kappo Kakko, the projected No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NHL draft, scored two goals, including an empty-netter.

Blackhawks prospect and Rockford IceHogs goaltender Kevin Lankinen made 20 saves, including a point-blank one in the final minute.

Defenseman Henri Jokiharju committed a high-sticking penalty then Canadian winger Jonathan Marchessault (Golden Knights) scored on Lankinen’s glove side on the power play at 8:03 to tie it 1-1.

Dylan Strome only recorded one shot in 17:50 of total ice time. Jokiharju had two shots in 13:17.

Russia 5, Norway 2 (Group B)

Artem Anisimov scored Russia’s second goal in the win. Andreas Martinsen had a secondary assist on Norway’s second tally.

Anisimov had three shots in only 5:01 of ice time. Martinsen recorded two shots in 6:34.

Slovakia 4, United States 1 (Group A)

Patrick Kane connected with Alex DeBrincat on the power play 12:05 into the game for the Americans’ only goal to tie it 1-1.

The Slovaks then scored three unanswered goals en route to a big win for the host team.

DeBrincat recorded three shots in 17:05 of ice time, while Kane was a minus-2 and had one shot in 18:19.

Czech Republic 5, Sweden 2 (Group B)

Former Blackhawk Michael Frolik (Flames) scored the game-winning goal 33 seconds into the third period, and Jakub Vrana (Capitals) added two goals.

Blackhawks prospect Dominik Kubalik had a goal and an assist for the Czechs, while Swedish defenseman Erik Gustafsson had a primary assist.

Kubalik assisted on Vrana’s opening goal just 1:55 into the game.

After Patric Hornqivst (Penguins) tied it 1-1 only 24 seconds into the second period, Oskar Lindblom (Flyers) gave Sweden a 2-1 lead just 3:23 later when he deflected Gustafsson’s blast from the blue line.

Kubalik tied the game 2-2 when he charged the net behind the Czech defense and fired a one-timer into the net.

Frolik added the game-winner then Vrana and Jan Kovar each tossed in empty-net goals.