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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

5-Star Russians Sweep Aside Sub-Par Sweden

TURIN, Italy -- Russia used an explosive attack and stellar goaltending by Yevgeny Nabokov to crush Sweden 5-0 in men's Olympic ice hockey preliminary-round play on Thursday.

Stunned by Slovakia 5-3 in its tournament opener, Russia rebounded in style, rekindling memories of the Soviet Union's glory days when they dominated the Olympic ice. After a scoreless opening period, Russia's high-powered offense flexed its muscles blasting five unanswered goals past Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist.

Washington Capitals rookie Alexander Ovechkin, Alexei Kovalev and Maxim Sushinsky each scored in the second frame while Maxim Afinogenov and Viktor Kozlov added third-period goals. Nabokov, who plays for the NHL's San Jose Sharks, was rock solid in the Russian net, making 24 saves.

Earlier, Teemu Selanne scored a pair of goals as Finland recorded its second shutout in as many days at with 6-0 win over Italy.

The Finns, who whipped Switzerland 5-0 on Wednesday, were held scoreless in the first period by the Italians, who were being backed by another raucous crowd at the Palasport Olimpico.

But an undisciplined second period by the hosts put an end to any upset bid as Finland blasted powerplay goals to seal the game.