Jamie Benn, Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ladd scored goals as Canada defeated Slovakia 3-2 on the opening day of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship.
Benn scored with just under six minutes left in the first period to put Canada in front. Ryan Getzlaf drew an assist on the goal after straddling the blueline with the puck and setting up Benn with a pretty feed.
Tatar, a Detroit Red Wings prospect, scored on a hard snap shot early in the second period to even things up.
Eberle scored from a bad angle after some hard work by Evander Kane caused a turnover in the Slovakia zone, putting Canada back in front mid-way through the second period.
Ladd scored with a high shot from the slot with 4:35 remaining to make it 3-1 for Canada.
Milan Batovic scored three minutes into the third to pull Slovakia within one, just minutes after Canada's Jeff Skinner had rifled one off the crossbar, but the Slovaks would not be able to come up with another equalizer.
Alex Burrows left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. He was hurt after getting tangled up with two Slovakian players and falling awkwardly. He appeared to hit his head on the ice as he fell and did not return.
In other action, Kyle Okposo scored twice and Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists as the United States beat France 7-2.
The other early game saw Germany beat Italy 3-0.
Canada's next game is on Saturday when they face the Americans. You can watch it on TSN and TSN Mobile TV, and listen live on TSN Radio 1050, beginning at 11:45am et/8:45am pt.