Germany had the lead in the game twice, but not when it mattered the most: after 60 minutes of play. Tomas Zaborskyís two third-period goals carried Slovakia to a 3-2 win over Germany.

Last year, it took 15 points in to make the final four in the Helsinki group. In Stockholm, the fourth-pace team had 13 points after the preliminary roundís seven games.

Germany got one point in their first game against Finland, which they lost in overtime, but were left without a point in their second game against Russia. Slovakia, in turn, beat France in its first game, and has those three points in the bank.