May 17, 2012

San Jose Sharks' Michal Handzus gave Slovakia the winning goal in a 4-3 victory over Canada in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki on Thursday.

Tomas Kopecky opened the scoring at 5:57, followed by Miroslav Satan at 9:14 to give Slovakia a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Canada rallied in the second period, with Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane scoring at 16:14 and a power-play goal by Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner 10 minutes later. Vancouver Canucks' Alexandre Burrows added a third goal before the end of the period.

Milan Bartovic tied it for Slovakia at 13:25, four minutes before Handzus gave his country a place in Saturday's semifinals.

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