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Russia Wins 3rd Straight Game at World Hockey Champoinships


Russia has won its third straight game at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Riga, Latvia, while Ukraine topped Italy to advance to the second round.

Alexei Mikhnov's power-play goal six minutes into the third period Wednesday clinched Russia's 4-3 win over Slovakia, as well as the top spot in Group C. Russia opens second round play against Ukraine Thursday while host-Latvia faces Canada.

In Group B, Ukraine got goals from four different players in a 4-2 win over Italy to earn its spot in the tournament's second round.

Italy was down 3-1 when it was awarded a power play with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Italy coach Michel Bernard Goulet gambled by pulling its goalie in favor of a six-to-four man advantage. The move paid off when Italy scored to make it 3-2. But Ukraine added an empty net goal to make the final 4-2.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.