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Russia Beats Czech Republic 5-1, wins Channel One Cup on home ice

MOSCOW - Fedor Fedorov scored two goals Sunday to help Russia beat the Czech Republic 5-1 in the Channel One Cup and win its second consecutive Euro Hockey Tour event of the season.

The former New York Rangers forward scored the first goal on a solo effort 1:57 into the game when his shot from behind the net went in off goalie Lukas Mensator's back.

Alexey Morozov, assisted by Danis Zaripov, made it 2-0 from close range on a power play at 8:26, but Vaclav Skuhravy narrowed the gap before the first interval.

Alexander Perezhogin scored in the second period and Maxim Sushinsky and Fedorov had a power-play goal each in the third for Russia, which also won the Karjala Cup in Finland in November.

Russia remained unbeaten in the tournament, scoring 11 goals in three games and allowing only two. The Czech Republic has four points for third after beating Sweden and losing to Finland in a penalty shootout. Sweden remained winless.

Finland rallied to beat Sweden 3-2 and finish second.

Olympic champion Sweden dominated the first period and was leading 2-0 on goals from Tomas Skogs and Niklas Persson. Juka-Pekka Haataja narrowed the gap on a sharp three-on-one counterattack six minutes into the second period and Jarko Immonen leveled after scoring from the top of the circle at 38:33.

Left winger Jesse Saarinen capitalized on defender Johan Fransson's mistake near the net to break the 2-2 deadlock with 1:49 left in regulation.

Sweden substituted goalie Daniel Larson for an extra player at 58:34 and then had 50 seconds of a two-man advantage but failed to capitalize.

The European Hockey Tour consists of tournaments in Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Sweden, and is regarded as a series of warm-up matches for the world championships in April-May.

After two tournaments, Russia leads the standings with 15 points, followed by Finland with eight. The Czech Republic is third, one point behind Finland, while Sweden is last with five.

The Channel One Cup is the successor to the Izvestia Cup and has also been called the Baltika Cup and then the ROSNO Cup, now named after the state-run TV broadcaster.


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