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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Rips Kazakhs in 9-2 Mismatch




NAGANO, Japan -- Sergei Federov, playing his first game since last June, scored with 90 seconds elapsed and added an assist Friday to lift Russia past outmanned Kazakhstan 9-2 in the final round of the Olympic ice hockey tournament.


The eight remaining teams are playing for seeding in next Wednesday's quarterfinals.


Pavel Bure scored two goals in the second period and sat out the final 20 minutes with a leg injury, although it was not immediately known if the damage was serious.


Federov helped the Detroit Red Wings win the 1996-1997 National Hockey League championship, but he has yet to play this season because of a contract dispute. He joined the Russian team as a late replacement for an injured player and didn't waste any time making his presence felt.


Playing on the second line, Federov took a lead pass from Andrei Kovalenko and easily outskated an overwhelmed Kazakhstan defenseman before lifting a backhander past goaltender Vitaly Yeremeyev.


Alexei Yashin of the Ottawa Senators and Andrei Kovalenko of the Edmonton Oilers each scored two goals for the Russians, who dressed 20 NHL players. Kazakhstan, a surprise qualifier from the preliminary round, is the only one of the eight remaining teams without an NHL player -- and it showed.


Russia scored five of nine shots in the second period to go up 7-1.


Sweden 4, United States 2. Sweden sounded a warning for its plans to defend its Olympic title by opening the ice hockey dream tournament with an upset 4-2 victory over the United States on Friday.


"We can win this tournament," said Mats Sundin, who celebrated his 27th birthday by scoring late in the third period to bury any comeback hopes for the United States.


With Sweden protecting a one-goal lead, goaltender Tommy Salo stopped a powerful shot by American Brian Leetch to keep the United States from equalizing.


The Swedes came flying back up the ice and Mikael Andersson found Sundin, who tucked the puck behind U.S. goaltender Mike Richter to seal the win with just under three minutes left.


Canada 5, Belarus 0. Eric Lindros scored a pair and Patrick Roy made 18 saves Friday, leading Canada to an easy 5-0 victory over Belarus in its Olympic ice hockey opener.


Relying exclusively on professional standouts as they try to win their first gold medal since 1952, the Canadians dominated the former Soviet republic that got to the round of teams laden with talent from the NHL by fighting through the preliminaries.


Canada would have defeated preliminary-round qualifier Belarus handily if not for the acrobatic goaltending of Andrei Mezin, who made 26 saves.


Czech Republic 3, Finland 0. Czech goalie Dominik Hasek, nicknamed "The Dominator," added another shutout to his career record when the Czech Republic beat Finland 3-0 in the Olympic ice hockey tournament Friday.


Hasek, who set a modern NHL record in December with six shutouts in one month, stopped seven Finnish pucks in the first period, six in the second and four in the final session for a total of 17 saves. The Czechs outshot Finland 29-17.