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KOZLOV SPARKS TEAM RUSSIA

Russia won its first Euro Hockey Tour title, defeating Sweden, 5-2, in Moscow behind Viktor Kozlov's goal and two assists.

Russia took the title, 7-3, on total goals, having won the first game of a two-game final in Stockholm on Friday, 2-1. The win was Russia's first major success since winning the world championship in 1993.

Sweden won its only title in the Euro Hockey Tour in 1998-99. Finland has won the title six times since the inaugural tournament in 1996-97.

Niklas Kronwall put Sweden ahead at 5:54. Alexei Kovalev tied it with a wrist shot on a power play, but Johan Franzen restored Sweden's lead 54 seconds later. Kozlov evened it at 2-2 with a wrist shot at 16:44.

Sweden goaltender Johan Holmquist made two excellent saves on Yevgeny Malkin with two minutes left in the first period.

Ilya Kovalchuk put Russia in the lead six minutes into the second period. Alexander Ovechkin, the top NHL draft pick last year by Washington, made it 4-2 from close range. Kozlov set up Alexei Syomin in the third period.

In Plzen, Czech Republic, meanwhile, the United States won its second under-18 world ice hockey championship, beating Canada, 5-1, behind two goals and two assists from Phil Kessel.

Jason Lawrence, Peter Mueller and Nathan Gerbe also scored for the United States, which pulled away after Canada's Ryan O'Merra tied it, 1-1, with a first-period goal.

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