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Russia tops Canada, defends world title

Updated: May 10, 2009, 7:50 PM ET
Associated Press

BERN, Switzerland -- Russia defended its gold medal at the hockey world championship Sunday, beating Canada 2-1 in a rematch of last year's final.

Oleg Saprykin had a tying, power-play goal in the first period and Alex Radulov scored late in the second for Russia. The Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza gave Canada the early lead.

Sweden won the bronze medal, beating the United States 4-2 earlier Sunday.

Russia, which went unbeaten through the tournament despite trailing in six of ...

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