Ryan Getzlaf's third-period major penalty for kneeing Slovakia's Juraj Mikus proved costly, as it led to the game-winning goal by Michal Handzus at the 17:32 mark of the third period.
As a result of the loss, Canada was knocked out of the medal contention in the quarterfinals of the World Hockey Championships. "It's a sick way to lose. It's a tough pill to swallow. It hurts," said Getzlaf after the defeat. "It hurts like hell right now. To lose in that fashion is not easy to swallow. The guys worked way too hard to be delivered something like that." He had an assist on Evander Kane's marker in the first frame, while Jeff Skinner and Alex Burrows had the other tallies for Canada in the 4-3 loss.