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Russia, Switzerland advance at hockey worlds

5/8/2006 - NHL

RIGA, Latvia -- Olympic champion Sweden beat Italy 4-0
Monday behind two goals from Kenny Jonsson to qualify for the
second round at the World Ice Hockey Championship.

Russia defeated Belarus 3-2 with a pair of third-period goals on
Monday, and Switzerland beat Ukraine 2-1 to also advance.

Russia's Alexander Kharitonov broke a 2-2 tie at 13:19 of the
third period with a wrist shot that beat Belarus goalie Andrei
Mezin.

Switzerland scored twice in the first period on a power-play
goal by Goran Bezina and a short-handed goal by Andres Ambuhl.

Russia took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a
power-play goal by Igor Yemeleyev.

Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, who scored three
times for Russia against Kazakhstan on Saturday, missed a penalty
early in the period when his shot hit the post.

In other action, Slovakia beat Kazakhstan 6-0.