EDMONTON, Alberta – Marat Khusnutdinov scored a power-play goal with 5.6 seconds left in overtime, and Russia beat Sweden 4-3 in the world junior hockey championship on Wednesday.
Khusnutdinov was a second-round draft pick by the Wild in this year's NHL draft.
Russia ended Sweden's 54-game winning streak in the preliminary round. The Swedes last lost in the group stage to the United States 3-2 on Dec. 31, 2006 — also in overtime.
Earlier, Samuel Helenius scored twice and Finland beat Slovakia 6-0 on Wednesday to improve to 3-0 in group play. Finland set up a showdown with defending champion Canada, also 3-0, on Thursday for first place in Group A. Germany beat Switzerland 5-4 to advance to the playoff round for the first time.