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Rundblad and Markstrom power Sweden to 3-1 win over Finland at world juniors

OTTAWA - David Rundblad scored the eventual winner and Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 shots as Sweden opened their world junior hockey championship with a 3-1 win over Finland on Friday.

Marcus Johansson and Mikael Backlund, into an empty net, also scored for Sweden, with David Ullstrom adding two assists.

Toni Rajala scored the lone goal for Finland and Harri Suteri faced 20 shots.

Sweden had a strong start to the game scoring twice in the first period, but took a number of penalties late in the game to make it an exciting finish for the 9,658 on hand at the Civic Centre.

Sweden opened the scoring when Johansson came from behind the net uncontested and beat Sateri on the shortside at 9:15 of the period.

Just over four minutes later, another breakdown by the Finnish defence resulted in a goal as Rundblad skated into the slot and scored on a great wristshot.

Rajala scored on a breakaway in the opening minutes of the second to cut the lead in half.

Elsewhere in the world junior hockey championship on Friday, it was: Russia 4, Latvia 1; and United States 8, Germany 2.

At Ottawa, the second period featured a more balanced game as both teams created a number of chances, but both goaltenders looked solid.

With 59.7 seconds remaining in the second, Sweden was given a two-man advantage for 96 seconds, but failed to generate any solid scoring chances.

After a mad scramble in the crease Sweden was awarded a penalty shot after it was ruled Sateri threw his stick.

Oscar Moller took the shot for Sweden, but failed on his attempt.

Backlund scored the empty-netter for Sweden with 40.9 seconds remaining.

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