PRAGUE (AP) -- Austria and Slovakia needed penalty shootouts to win their opening games at the ice hockey world championships on Saturday.
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marko Dano scored the decisive goal for Slovakia in the shootout to beat Denmark 4-3.
Denmark led 1-0 after two periods before the teams traded five goals in the third. Slovakia took a 3-2 lead on goals from Michal Sersen, Marek Viedensky and Dominik Granak but Daniel Nielsen forced overtime with a goal for Denmark with 2:14 to go in regulation.
Konstantin Komarek scored the winner in the shootout to lift newcomer Austria 4-3 over Switzerland.
Austria's Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl equalized with 50 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.