Kaapo Kakko scored twice, including an empty-net goal with 34 seconds left, to lift Finland to a 3-1 win Friday over Canada in the opener for both teams at the men’s world hockey championship.

Arttu Ilomaki had a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Kevin Lankinen finished with 20 saves for the Finns.

Canada’s Jonathan Marchessault tied the game midway through the first period and Matt Murray stopped 24 shots. The Canadians opened the tournament a day after Hockey Canada and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to hold John Tavares out because of his oblique injury.

Russia's players celebrate after scoring during the Ice Hockey World Championships group B match between Russia and Norway at the Andrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Russia’s players celebrate after scoring during the Ice Hockey World Championships group B match between Russia and Norway at the Andrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

In another game, Evgeny Dadonov had two goals and Nikita Kucherov scored one to help Russia beat Norway 5-2.

The U.S. was scheduled to play Slovakia while Sweden faced the Czechs later Friday.

Finland's Niko Ojamaki, right, challenges Canada's Thomas Chabot, left, during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between Finland and Canada at the Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Finland’s Niko Ojamaki, right, challenges Canada’s Thomas Chabot, left, during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between Finland and Canada at the Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Finland's Kaapo Kakko celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between Finland and Canada at the Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Finland’s Kaapo Kakko celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between Finland and Canada at the Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Finland's Kaapo Kakko scores his sides third goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between Finland and Canada at the Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Finland’s Kaapo Kakko scores his sides third goal during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between Finland and Canada at the Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Finland's Kaapo Kakko, left, scores his sides first goal past Canada's goaltender Matt Murray, right, during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between Finland and Canada at the Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Finland’s Kaapo Kakko, left, scores his sides first goal past Canada’s goaltender Matt Murray, right, during the Ice Hockey World Championships group A match between Finland and Canada at the Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Russia's Nikita Nesterov, left, checks Norway's Thomas Valkvae Olsen during the Ice Hockey World Championships group B match between Russia and Norway at the Andrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
Russia’s Nikita Nesterov, left, checks Norway’s Thomas Valkvae Olsen during the Ice Hockey World Championships group B match between Russia and Norway at the Andrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, Friday, May 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

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