Russia Beats Slovakia In World Opener, Kovalchuk Named Captain

In the Crease
Associated Press May 10, 2010

World championships

Jaromir Jagr set up three goals to help the Czech Republic cruise past France, 6-2, in their opening game of the ice hockey world championships in Cologne, Germany.

Group C rival Sweden won a had-fought battle with Norway, 5-2.

In Group A, Belarus rallied from two goals down to beat Kazakstan, 5-2. Russia, led by its big guns – team captain Ilya Kovalchuk, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Maxim Afinogenov – beat Slovakia, 3-1.

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