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Volchenkov, Russia get best of Czechs

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Senators forward Milan Michalek (9) celebrates a third-period goal with Czech Republic teammate Jaromir Jagr against Russia on Sunday at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Russia won the game 4-2 (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images).

Milan Michalek got the goal but Anton Volchenkov grabbed the victory.

In a battle of Ottawa Senators teammates on Sunday at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Volchenkov and Russia turned back Michalek, Filip Kuba and the Czech Republic 4-2 at Canada Hockey Place.

While the Russians had control of the game throughout, Michalek's first goal of the Olympic tournament with 5:09 remaining brought the previously unbeaten Czechs to within 3-2.

However, Volchenkov and his teammates held the fort in front of goaltender Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks until Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings wrapped it up on an empty-netter with 12 seconds left.

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, with two, and Viktor Kozlov also scored for Russia, which rebounded from a shootout loss to Slovakia in its previous game.

Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens hit the scoresheet for the Czechs in the first period, which tied the game for the last time at 1-1.

Russia advances to Wednesday's quarter-finals as the No. 3 seed and faces the winner of the Canada-Germany game slated for Tuesday. Canada was stunned 5-3 by the United States in a riveting game, with the Americans earning the top seed for the quarter-finals. They'll face the Switzerland-Belarus survivor.

In the late game on Sunday, Sweden and Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson dominated Finland and Jarkko Ruutu 3-0 to earn the No. 2 quarter-final seed. They'll face off next against the Slovakia-Norway winner.

Despite the loss, the Finns grabbed the fourth bye into Wednesday's quarter-finals, where they'll take on the Czech Republic or Latvia, who meet Tuesday night.

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