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Hornqvist scores twice as Sweden holds out Belarus

Updated: May 7, 2008, 7:46 PM ET
Associated Press

QUEBEC CITY -- Patric Hornqvist scored twice and Sweden fended off Belarus 6-5 in an opening preliminary round game of the world championships on Saturday.

Rickard Wallin deflected Nils Ekman's shot at 10:32 of the third period for the winner. Defenseman Magnus Johansson and forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Robert Nilsson, all in the NHL this past season, also had a goal apiece.

"Scoring six goals is not bad, but obviously we have to have better defensive play to compete against better ...

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