TORONTO — Gabriel Landeskog and Victor Hedman scored second period goals as Sweden edged Russia 2-1 on Sunday at the World Cup of Hockey.
Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves as the Swedes (1-0) opened Group B play with a victory.
Alex Ovechkin had the lone goal for the Russians (0-1) while Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves in the loss.
Ovechkin thought he had tied the game 2-2 with seven seconds remaining in the third, but officials waved it off, ruling the puck went off Ovechkin's glove and in.
Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden's No. 1 goaltender, was a late scratch due to an illness forcing Markstrom to start, and Jhonas Enroth to back-up.
The Russians tested Markstrom early as Vladimir Tarasenko one-timed a shot off of an Evgeni Malkin face-off 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, which the Vancouver Canucks goaltender was able to shake off.
Mikael Backlund had the Swedes' best chance of the opening period when Andrei Markov's stick snapped while making an outlet pass putting the lose puck on the stick of the Calgary Flames forward but Bobrovsky was able to stop Backlund's shot.
Landeskog got Sweden on the board with a power-play goal, one timing an Erik Karlsson pass over Bobrovsky's blocker at 10:41 of the second period.
Less than two minutes later, Hedman doubled the lead by one timing a Carl Hagelin feed glove-side past Bobrovsky.
Nikolay Kulemin had a chance to get Russia on the board with 3:14 remaining in the second after an Evgeny Kuznetsov no-look pass, but Markstrom was there to stop the short-side shot.
Ovechkin got the Russians on the board with 33 seconds remaining in the third, putting his wrist shot from the point off the post and past a screened Markstrom.
Russia returns to action on Monday night when they play Team North America while the Swedes play Finland on Tuesday.