Minsk, Belarus (SportsNetwork.com) - Russia and Sweden both secured victories Sunday to remain unbeaten in preliminary round play at the 2014 World Hockey Championship.
Alexander Ovechkin scored for the second straight game to help Russia snap a six-game losing streak against Finland with a 4-2 victory, while Joakim Lindstrom scored the game-winner in the shootout to send Sweden to a 4-3 win over the Czech Republic.
Russia improved to 2-0 and sits tied with the United States for the top spot in Group B with six points. Sweden, meanwhile, occupies second in Group A with five points, just one behind first-place Norway.
Earlier in the day, host Belarus posted its first win as Sergei Kostitsyn and Andrei Stepanov each had a goal and one assist in a 4-1 win over Kazakhstan.
Germany and Norway also remained undefeated through two games, while France followed up its stunning shootout win over Canada with a loss to Italy.
Thomas Oppenheimer scored on a penalty shot late in the third period to lift the Germans to a 3-2 victory over Latvia.
Norway fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to top Denmark by a 4-3 count.
The Italians edged France 2-1 on Markus Gander's goal with 58 seconds remaining in regulation.