Canucks Goalie Markstrom Leads Team Sweden To 2-1 Win Over Team Russia 

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Henrik Sedin and Jacob Markstrom of Team Sweden celebrate their 2-1 victory over Team Russia during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 18, 2016 in Toronto (Credit: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett)

TORONTO — Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves in place of ill star Henrik Lundqvist, and Gabriel Landeskog and Victor Hedman scored second-period goals to help Sweden beat Russia 2-1 on Sunday in their World Cup of Hockey opener.

Alex Ovechkin scored for Russia, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots in the Group B game.

Ovechkin thought he tied it with 7 seconds left, but officials waved it off, ruling the puck went off Ovechkin’s glove and in.

Lundqvist was a late scratch due to an illness, forcing Markstrom to start.

The Russians tested Markstrom early as Vladimir Tarasenko one-timed a shot off Evgeni Malkin’s faceoff win, but Markstrom was able to get his left pad on it and steer it aside just 30 seconds into the game.

Moments later, Tarasenko hit Markstrom in the mask with a shot that the Vancouver goalie was able to shake off.

Landeskog got Sweden on the board with a power-play goal, one-timing Erik Karlsson’s pass over Bobrovsky’s blocker at 10:41 of the second period. Less than 2 minutes later, Hedman one-timed Carl Hagelin’s feed glove-side past Bobrovsky.

Ovechkin scored with 33 seconds left in the third, putting a wrist shot from the point off the post and past a screened Markstrom.

Russia returns to action Monday night against Team North America. The Swedes play Finland on Tuesday.

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(Credit: Getty Images / Gregory Shamus) Ivan Telegin of Team Russia tries to control the puck next to Erik Karlsson of Team Sweden in the second period during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 18, 2016 in Toronto.
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(Credit: Getty Images / Gregory Shamus) Jacob Markstrom of Team Sweden makes a second period save on Dmitry Orlov #9 of Team Russia during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 18, 2016 in Toronto.
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(Credit: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett) Jacob Markstrom of Team Sweden blocks the net against Team Russia during the second period during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 18, 2016 in Toronto.
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(Credit: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett)  Mattias Ekholm of Team Sweden checks Vladimir Tarasenko of Team Russia in the crease during the second period during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 18, 2016 in Toronto.
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(Credit: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett) Henrik Sedin of Team Sweden and Evgeni Malkin of Team Russia battle for position during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 18, 2016 in Toronto.
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(Credit: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett) Jacob Markstrom of Team Sweden shoots the puck out of his own zone during the third period against the Team Russia during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 18, 2016 in Toronto.
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(Credit: Getty Images / Gregory Shamus) Mattias Ekholm of Team Sweden tries to control the puck behind Sergei Bobrovsky of Team Russia in the second period during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on Sept. 18, 2016 in Toronto.

Source: World Cup of Hockey pictures: Team Sweden vs. Team Russia | Newsday

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