Ice Hockey World Championship

Swedes bounce back to beat Italy

In their latest World Ice Hockey Championship preliminary group game, co-hosts Sweden bounced back from a 7-3 defeat by Russia on Friday to beat Italy 4-0.

Chicago Blackhawks centre Marcus Kruger opened the scoring in the fifth minute while blueliner Staffan Kronwall added his goal with 48 seconds remaining in the first period for a 2-0 advantage.

Ottawa Senators rear guard Erik Karlsson scored 5:45 into the second, while Colorado Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog completed the scoring early in the third period.

Russia and Sweden have 15 points at the top of Group S, four ahead of the Czech Republic in third.

Meanwhile over in the United States, Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to lead the New York Rangers over Washington 2-1 and into the NHL Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. It's the first time that the Swede has advanced to the conference final. The Rangers defeated the Capitals four games to three in the best-of-seven second-round series and will play the New Jersey Devils for a berth in the NHL Stanley Cup Final.