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Slovakia's Tomas Tatar, on ice, is mobbed by (Credit: AP)

Slovakia's Tomas Tatar, on ice, is mobbed by USA's JT Brown, left, goalie Jimmy Howard, Cam Fowler, Jack Johnson and Cam Atkinson, right, during their Group H game. (May 7, 2012)

Slovakia 4, United States 2

The United States lost to Slovakia 4-2 or its first loss at hockey's world championships after opening with two victories.

Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic scores past US goalie Jimmy
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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic scores past US goalie Jimmy Howard during a preliminary round game of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki on May 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages

Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic (C) fights for the puck
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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic (C) fights for the puck with American Alex Goligoski (R) in front of the net of US goalkeeper Jimmy Howard (L) on May 7, 2012 during a preliminary round game of the International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages

Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic celebrates scoring past US goalie
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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic celebrates scoring past US goalie Jimmy Howard during a preliminary round game of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki on May 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages

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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic scores past US goalie Jimmy
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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic scores past US goalie Jimmy Howard during a preliminary round game of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki on May 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages

US players celebrate scoring against Slovakia on May
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US players celebrate scoring against Slovakia on May 7, 2012 during a preliminary round game of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages

Slovakia's players celebrate scoring against the United States
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Slovakia's players celebrate scoring against the United States on May 7, 2012 during a preliminary round game of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages

Slovakia's players celebrate scoring against the United States
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Slovakia's players celebrate scoring against the United States on May 7, 2012 during a preliminary round game of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages

Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic scores his team's second goal
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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic scores his team's second goal against USA's goalie Jimmy Howard during Group H game USA vs Slovakia of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Helsinki, on May 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ LEHTIKUVA / Antti Aimo-Koivisto *** FINLAND OUT ***ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO/AFP/GettyImages

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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic scores his team's second goal
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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic scores his team's second goal against USA's goalie Jimmy Howard during Group H game USA vs Slovakia of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Antti Aimo-Koivisto) FINLAND OUT

Slovakia's Tomas Tatar, on ice, is mobbed by
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Slovakia's Tomas Tatar, on ice, is mobbed by USA's JT Brown, left, goalie Jimmy Howard, Cam Fowler, Jack Johnson and Cam Atkinson, right, during their Group H game. (May 7, 2012)

Slovakia's Milan Bartovic, left, Mario Bliznak, Ivan Baranka
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Slovakia's Milan Bartovic, left, Mario Bliznak, Ivan Baranka and Andrej Sekera, right, celebrate after scoring their third goal during their Group H game. (May 7, 2012)

Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic tackles USA's Joey Crabb, right,
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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic tackles USA's Joey Crabb, right, during their Group H game USA vs Slovakia of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Antti Aimo-Koivisto) FINLAND OUT

Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic celebrates after his goal during
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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic celebrates after his goal during their Group H game USA vs Slovakia of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Antti Aimo-Koivisto) FINLAND OUT

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Slovakia's Milan Bartovic, centre, and Mario Bliznak celebrate
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Slovakia's Milan Bartovic, centre, and Mario Bliznak celebrate after a goal against USA's goalie Jimmy Howard during their Group H game USA vs Slovakia of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Antti Aimo-Koivisto) FINLAND OUT

Slovakia's Juraj Mikus, left, vies the puck with
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Slovakia's Juraj Mikus, left, vies the puck with USA's Ryan Lasch during their Group H game USA vs Slovakia of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Antti Aimo-Koivisto) FINLAND OUT

Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic attacks US goalkeeper Jimmy Howard
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Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic attacks US goalkeeper Jimmy Howard on May 7, 2012 during a preliminary round game of the International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOV anALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages

Slovakia's goalie Jan Laco misses a shot during
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Slovakia's goalie Jan Laco misses a shot during their Group H game USA vs Slovakia of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Antti Aimo-Koivisto) FINLAND OUT

Slovakia's players celebrate scoring against team US during
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Slovakia's players celebrate scoring against team US during a preliminary round game of the IIHF International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki on May 7, 2012. Slovakia won 4-2. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages

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Slovakia's Andrej Sekera (L) fights for the puck
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Slovakia's Andrej Sekera (L) fights for the puck with American Cam Atkinson on May 7, 2012 during a preliminary round game of the International Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki . AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages

Slovakia's Juraj Mikus (L) vies for the puck
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Slovakia's Juraj Mikus (L) vies for the puck with USA's Ryan Lasch during their 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships Group H game USA vs Slovakia in Helsinki, on May 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ LEHTIKUVA/ ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO *** FINLAND OUT ***ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO/AFP/GettyImages

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