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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian All-Stars Take Scandinavian Double

Russia's Dream Team on ice edged past two Scandinavian opponents in weekend friendly exhibition matches ahead of this month's World Cup of Hockey tournament.


The team, composed of National Hockey League superstars such as Detroit's Sergei Fedorov and Vancouver's Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny, played their first match together Friday at Moscow's CSKA Ice Palace, defeating Finland 5-4 under the watchful eye of Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and some 5,000 enthusiastic fans.


The Russian all-stars then traveled to Stockholm's Globe Arena, where they defeated Sweden 3-2 on a Vyacheslav Kozlov power-play goal in the final period Sunday night.


The opening game at the sold-out CSKA's arena was especially important for the Russians, who are billed by some as pretournament favorites to take the World Cup title.


"We were all a bit nervous before the match," said Bure, who played in his first game after major reconstructive knee surgery nine months ago. "It was important for us to do well in our first game together."


The top Russian line of Bure, Fedorov and Mogilny were able to take control of the match in the final period, scoring twice to give the hosts the lead after Finland came back to tie the score at 3-3.


First, Bure connected on a pass from his NHL teammate Mogilny, then, three minutes later, Fedorov made amends for an unnecessary penalty against Mika Stromberg to make the score 5-3.


The Red Wing center, who's known more for his flashy moves than for his fists, pounded the big Finnish defenseman with a barrage of punches after Stromberg made a rough play against Mogilny.


"We had to show to everyone the unity on this team," said Fedorov. "We are not a bunch of superstars, but a tightly-knit team with a purpose in mind."