The Czech national team suffered a 6-5 defeat on home ground at the hands of Sweden in the opener of the Ice Hockey World Championship. Although the Swedish team was up 3-1 at the end of the second period, the Czechs rallied to clinch a 5:5 tie by the end of the game. They lost 6:5 following a shootout. On Saturday evening the team will face Latvia, which suffered 6:1 defeat in its opening game with Canada on Friday.
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