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.

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 junior hockey championship game Thursday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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 junior hockey championship game Thursday, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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, Dec. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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 championship game Thursday, Dec. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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 championship game Thursday, Dec. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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 championship game Thursday, Dec. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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 championship game Thursday, Dec. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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 championship game Thursday, Dec. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
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 championship game Thursday, Dec. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Source: The Associated Press