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Sweden defeats Ukraine as Swiss overcome Italians

AP , RIGA, LATVIA

Fredrik Emvall scored twice, helping Olympic champion Sweden to a 4-2 victory over Ukraine Saturday in an opening qualification-round game at ice hockey's World Championship.

Emvall, making his world championship debut at age 29, also set up linemate Andreas Karlsson's power-play goal late in the second session that made it 3-2 for Sweden.

Mika Hannula also scored for Sweden, which only has a handful players from its Olympic side.

In the other Group B game, Switzerland beat Italy 3-1.

Russia got three goals apiece from Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin and beat Kazakhstan 10-1 in its opening Group C game.

Ovechkin, a finalist for the National Hockey League's Rookie of the Year award with the Washington Capitals, scored the first of four first-period goals for Russia just 1:36 into the game. He swept in behind the Kazakh defense and slotted home a pass from linemate Evgeni Malkin, who finished with a goal and three assists.

Denis Arkhipov made it 2-0 Russia a minute later, and the rout was on. Dmitri Bykov and Konstantin Gorovikov also scored for Russia.

Malkin's was undoubtedly the goal of the night.

After stealing the puck near center ice, the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect broke in alone on Kazakh goalie Roman Medvedev, who dove headlong at Malkin to deflect the puck. Malkin dove over him and redirected the airborne puck into the net to give Russia a 6-1 lead.

Kazakhstan's Yevgeniy Koreshkov spoiled the shutout at 17:40 of the first, slotting home a power-play goal that cut the Russian lead to 3-1. But the result was never in doubt.

Medvedev was pulled for Sergey Tambulov after Ovechkin's third goal at 9:39 of the second period. Medvedev saved just half of the 14 shots he faced, but he had little chance on the shots that beat him.

Belarus upset Slovakia 2-1 behind two power-play goals and 36 saves from goalie Andrei Mezin in the other group C game.

Belarus forward Dmitry Meleshko broke a scoreless tie at 14:18 of the second period.

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