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Streit shines

<<World championship: Swiss, Russians, Canadians advance

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Mark Streit scored a power-play goal in overtime Sunday to lift Switzerland to a 3-2 win over Germany at the world championship.
Switzerland, which beat France 1-0 on Friday, advanced to the next group phase of the 16-nation tournament along withGroup B rival Russia which beat France 7-2. Canada beat Hungary 9-0 with a hat trick from Martin St. Louis to ensure it advanced from Group A.
Russia sent home Anton Volchenkov, the Ottawa Senators defenseman, with a leg injury and still hopes to add Alex Ovechkin next week. The superstar forward's Washington Capitals beat the NewYork Rangers 5-3 on Sunday to force a seventh game in their Stanley Cup
first round playoff.
"We are waiting for the result in the series
between Washington and the Rangers to take a final decision about the
roster," Russia coach Slava Bykov said through a translator.
Also in Group A play Sunday, Oleg Antonenko
scored twice in a penalty shootout to give Belarus the win after tying
Slovakia 1-1 in Zurich. Slovakia qualifies on the strength of its 4-3
win against Hungary two days ago.
In Bern, Streit's goal came 1:18 into the additional period. He also got an assist on the goal that beat the French.
"Mark came through for the team as he has in
both games," Krueger said. "His offensive play along with his defensive
play is very courageous."
Switzerland and Germany slugged it out in front of a sold-out crowd of 11,423 at the PostFinance Arena.
"It was a great game of hockey with unbelievable aggression on both teams," Krueger said.
Germany's Christoph Ullman got a power-play goal early in the first period, but Roman Wick tied the score within two minutes.
Mathias Seger gave the Swiss a 2-1 lead in the second, then Senators defenseman Christoph Schubert equalized with a short-handed goal.
"Both teams played emotionally. It was a good game all the way round," Germany coach Uwe Krupp said. His team will join the 12-team second phase if it beats France on Tuesday.
Swiss goaltender Martin Gerber, of the Toronto Maple Leafs, had 20 saves for the win.

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Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982.

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