Russia beats Denmark 4-0 in world junior hockey championship

Russia's Alexander Romanov celebrates his goal against Denmark during second period IIHF world junior hockey championship action in Vancouver, British

Russia's Alexander Romanov celebrates his goal against Denmark during second period IIHF world junior hockey championship action in Vancouver, British

Denmark's Victor Cubars, center, battles Russia's Kirill Slepets, left, and Mark Rubinchik, right, for the puck during the second period of a world ju

Denmark's Victor Cubars, center, battles Russia's Kirill Slepets, left, and Mark Rubinchik, right, for the puck during the second period of a world ju

Denmark's Magnus Koch, left, and Russia's Ivan Morozov vie for the puck during the third period of a world junior hockey championship game Thursday, D

Denmark's Magnus Koch, left, and Russia's Ivan Morozov vie for the puck during the third period of a world junior hockey championship game Thursday, D

Sweden's Filip Sveningsson (17) fights for control of the puck with Slovakia's Jozef Balaz (24) during the first period of a world junior hockey champ

Sweden's Filip Sveningsson (17) fights for control of the puck with Slovakia's Jozef Balaz (24) during the first period of a world junior hockey champ

Sweden's Adam Boqvist (3) fights for control of the puck with Slovakia's Jozef Balaz (24) during the second period of a world junior hockey championsh

Sweden's Adam Boqvist (3) fights for control of the puck with Slovakia's Jozef Balaz (24) during the second period of a world junior hockey championsh

Sweden's Erik Brannstrom (12) fights for control of the puck with Slovakia's Martin Pospisil (25) during the second period of a world junior hockey ch

Sweden's Erik Brannstrom (12) fights for control of the puck with Slovakia's Martin Pospisil (25) during the second period of a world junior hockey ch

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alexander Romanov had a goal and two assists and Russia beat Denmark 4-0 on Thursday in the world junior hockey championship.

Vitali Kravtsov added a goal and an assist, Pavel Shen and Ivan Morozov also scored, and Danil Tarasov made 20 saves for Russia in its Group A opener.

Denmark was coming off a 14-0 loss to Canada on Wednesday night. The defending champion Canadians faced Switzerland in the late Group A game at Rogers Arena.

In Group B in Victoria, Sweden beat Slovakia 5-2 to improve to 2-0 and extend its record round-robin winning streak to 46. Emil Bemstrom scored twice, and Lucas Elvenes and Isac Lundestrom each had a goal and an assist.

In the late game at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, Finland played Kazakhstan.

The United States opened Group B play Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia. The Americans will face Kazakhstan on Friday night, play Sweden on Saturday night and complete round-robin play against Finland on Monday night.