Sweden's Henrik Zetterberg battling Alexander Peezhotin in the first period. Photo: Scanpix
Ice hockey

Sweden top Russia in the first period

With the first of three periods played, Sweden had a 2–1 lead over Russia in Friday evening's group-stage match of the ice hockey World Championships.

Sweden took the lead in the sixth minute as Erik Karlsson skipped past a defender and slotted home.

Only five minutes later, Alexander Popov equalised for the Russian team from close range.

But Henrik Zetterberg put Sweden ahead again, grabbing the rebound off Daniel Alfredsson's shot to score 14 minutes into the period.

Both Sweden and Russia have won all four of their games leading up to the match. Sweden's lead in the group was down to the team's superior goal difference.

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