Champions Sweden stay perfect, Russia win big again

Sweden continued their winning start to their IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship title defence, while Russia, the competition's most successful nation, enjoyed another big victory.

Rikard Gronborg's Sweden thrashed Belarus 5-0 on the opening day of this year's competition, but they were made to work harder for their points against Czech Republic.

The champions scored twice in the opening period, through Rickard Rakell and Mattias Janmark, and ran out 3-2 winners as the Czech side just failed to muster a comeback.

Sweden are joined on six points in Group A by Russia, who have now scored 14 goals without reply after hammering Austria 7-0 on Sunday.

Mikhail Grigorenko netted twice and the 27-time champions were able to take their foot off the gas in the final third to cruise to the top of the table.

Switzerland are one point further back after beating Slovakia 2-0.

In Group B, Canada recovered from their dramatic opening-day shoot-out loss to the United States by hammering pool whipping boys South Korea 10-0.

Last year's finalists shared the goals around, with nine different scorers as only Tyson Jost found the net twice. Canada have hosts Denmark next.

Finland have made the most of a kind fixture list with a second successive 8-1 win, beating Latvia, while Norway required a shoot-out to defeat Germany 5-4.

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