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With goal and assist, John Tavares leads Team Canada to win over Belarus

Jeff Skinner, left, from Canada looks on as

Jeff Skinner, left, from Canada looks on as his teammate John Tavares, center, fights for a puck with Viktor Kostyuchyonok, right, from Belarus during their preliminary round group B Hockey World Championships match in Kosice, Slovakia. (April 29, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

 In the first day of play at this year's World Championships, Islanders center John Tavares led Team Canada to a 4-1 win over Belarus.

Finishing with a goal and an assist (despite a team-low 11:24 of ice time), Tavares was named best player.

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Milan Jurcina was a plus-1 in 20:07 of home team Slovakia's 3-1 win over Slovenia

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Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was awarded the start for Russia; the 35-year-old veteran gave up two goals on 27 shots in his team's 2-0 shutout loss to Germany.

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