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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ovechkin Powers Russia Past Ukraine

APRussia's Vitaly Atyushov, left, watching Ukraine's Olexander Materukhin fall down after their collision during their final group game in Riga on Thursday.
RIGA, Latvia -- Alexander Ovechkin's goal and two assists powered Russia to a 6-0 rout of Ukraine in the opening game of the second round at the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.

Russia captain Maxim Sushinsky scored two powerplay goals, the first at 16:06 of the opening period and the other early in the third to make it 2-0, with Ovechkin assisting on both goals.

The Washington Capitals rookie then notched his fourth goal of the tournament, re-directing Sushinsky's shot from the point.

Denis Kulyash, Sergei Mozyakin and Igor Grigorenko added three more goals late in the game.

Sushinsky should have had a hat-trick but failed to lift the puck over sprawling Ukraine goaltender Igor Karpenko with the net at his mercy late in the second period after a good play by Ovechkin.

However, the win was costly for Russia after it lost Alexander Kharitonov to knee injury following a hit by Ukraine's Olexander Bobkin midway through the first period.

The Dynamo Moscow forward and one of Russia's key players lay on the ice holding his left knee for several minutes before being helped to the dressing room. He did not return.

Bobkin received a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for kneeing.

The Ukrainians were already missing defenseman Sergei Klymentiyev, who was handed a two-game ban by the International Ice Hockey Federation on Thursday for his part in a brawl following Wednesday's game against Italy.

Klymentiyev tussled with Italy's Tony Iob in the corridor of the Skonto Arena after they were ejected from the game.

The Russians also played without defenseman Kirill Koltsov, who got a one-match suspension on Thursday for making physical contact with a referee in Wednesday's game against Slovakia.

Russia, which carried four points from the preliminary round, now has six points while Ukraine remains pointless.

Canada, which also starts the second round with maximum points, was to take on host Latvia at the Riga Arena later on Thursday.