Russia beats Switzerland in hockey worlds

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Russia and Canada maintain perfect records at the world ice hockey championships in Berne.

ZURICH - Reigning champions Russia earned their third consecutive win at the world ice hockey championship with a 4-2 win over Switzerland at Berne on Tuesday.

Atlanta Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk earned a goal and two assists, while Phoenix Coyotes goalkeeper Ilya Bryzgalov produced 37 saves to keep Russia on top of their group table.

"Today we saw two great teams and a really nice atmosphere," said Russian manager Vyacheslav Bykov.

"I wasn’t surprised at all with the Swiss performance. We tried to take advantage of their mistakes, and gained success."

Russia started strong, gaining a lead two minutes into the game through defender Vitali Atyshov, but the Swiss made two goals through strikers Ryan Gardner and Martin Pluss before the first intermission.

Russian skipper Alexei Morozov scored the winning goal after beating the Swiss defence on a breakaway.

Switzerland substituted their goalkeeper for the sixth field player at the end of the game.

"We proved that we can play with one of the world championship favourites," said Swiss head coach Ralph Krueger.

"Getting almost 40 shots on their goal is a success."

"It’s the best game we've ever had against Russia, even better than the victories in 1998 or 2000, where we couldn’t keep up and won because of great goaltending."

2008 runners-up Canada also kept their perfect record as they beat 7-3 Slovakia to earn their third Group A win.

Derek Roy of Buffalo Sabres put Canada into the lead early in the game, while Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan scored another goal soon after.

Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza extended the lead towards the end of the first period, scoring his third goal at the championships.

Shea Weber and Steve Stamkos also scored before the second break making it 6-1 for Canada.

In the third Spezza scored his fourth goal of the tournament, securing the lead in the event's goal scorers contest.

In the early Group A match Belarus beat Hungary 3-1 in the Zurich-Kloten arena in the competition for the qualification round of the event.

Alexei Kaliuzhny, Alexei Ugarov and Mikhail Grabovsky scored for Belarus, while Imre Peterdi scored for Hungary, who will continue playing in the relegation round.

AFP / Alexander Fedorets / Expatica

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