Caps lead Russia's rout of Kazakhstan

Updated: May 11, 2010, 8:18 PM ET
Associated Press

COLOGNE, Germany -- Alex Ovechkin and Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Semin have led Russia into the second round of the hockey world championships with a 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan.

Russia has won both its Group A games. Kazakhstan dropped to 0-2.

Ovechkin scored once and Semin had a goal and two assists in Tuesday's game in Cologne. Semin set up Ovechkin's goal on a power play in the 10th minute and added one of his own late in the second period.

Goals from Ilya Kovalchuk in the second period and Denis Grebeshkov in the third gave Russia a 4-0 lead. Kazakhstan got a late goal from Dmitri Dudarev.

In Group C in Mannheim, Norway beat the Czech Republic 3-2. Both teams have three points from two games. Sweden joined Russia in the second round by holding on for a 3-2 victory over France for its second victory.

Former NHL star Jaromir Jagr scored twice for the Czech Republic in a losing cause. Pal Grotnes made 44 saves for Norway, which hadn't beaten the Czechs at the Worlds or the Olympics in 73 years.


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