Russia Beats Swiss 6-3 to Stay Perfect

APPyotr Shchastlivy skating after the puck on the way to scoring his goal against Switzerland at the ice hockey World Championship in Moscow on Sunday.
Andrei Markov scored a goal and added two assists to lead Russia to a 6-3 win over Switzerland on Sunday as the home team remained undefeated at the World Championship.

With the Swiss back on the ice less than 24 hours after their 4-1 win over Denmark and with the Russian players well rested, the hosts, chasing their first world title since 1993, took charge of the game from the start.

Russia's Sergei Zinoviev opened the scoring just 34 seconds into the contest after a perfect feed from Danis Zaripov from behind the goal.

The Russians, however, soon lost their top player, Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin, for the rest of the game. Last year's NHL rookie of the year received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for a hit to the head of Valentin Wirz, who had to be helped to get back to the Swiss bench.

But Switzerland rarely threatened during its five-minute advantage while Ilya Kovalchuk doubled Russia's lead with a quick wrist shot into the top corner soon after getting back on the ice after serving Ovechkin's penalty.

Zaripov made it 3-0 midway through the second period before Mark Streit put the Swiss on the scoresheet with one minute left in the period.

Markov, Alexader Frolov and Pyotr Shchastlivyi added third-period goals for the Russians, who now face defending champion Sweden, another unbeaten team in Group E, in the top-of-the-table clash on Monday.

Paul di Pietro and Marc Reichert replied for the Swiss, who also qualified for the quarterfinals by finishing in fourth place with six points.

In Qualifying Group F, Slovakia edged Belarus 4-3 and in the Relegation Group, Latvia beat Austria 5-1 to ensure its survival in the top division, and Ukraine beat Norway 3-2 to keep its survival hopes alive.