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Russia, Czechs win worlds openers

Updated: May 9, 2010, 11:02 PM ET
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COLOGNE, Germany -- Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored to help two-time defending champion Russia open the world hockey championships with a 3-1 victory over Slovakia on Sunday.

Maxim Afinogenov and Viktor Kozlov also scored, and Vasili Koshechkin made 32 saves. Ivan Majesky scored for Slovakia in the Group A game.

Also in Group A, Belarus rallied to top Kazakhstan 5-2.

In Group C, Jaromir Jagr set up three goals to help the Czech Republic beat France 6-2. Jiri Novotny ...

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