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US opens women's world hockey championships with 4-2 victory over Canada

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MALMO, Sweden — Jocelyne Lamoureux, Kacey Bellamy and Kendall Coyne scored power-play goals in the first period and the United States opened the women's world hockey championships with a 4-2 victory over Canada on Saturday.

PHOTO: U.S players celebrate after winning the Women's  Hockey World Championship group A match between the USA and Canada, at Malmo Isstadion, in Malmo, southern Sweden, Saturday,  March 28, 2015. (AP  Photo /TT, Claudio Bresciani)
U.S players celebrate after winning the Women's Hockey World Championship group A match between the USA and Canada, at Malmo Isstadion, in Malmo, southern Sweden, Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo /TT, Claudio Bresciani)

Hilary Knight added a third-period goal and Jessie Vetter made nine saves in the Pool A game. Brianne Jenner and Jennifer Wakefield scored for Canada.

In the other Pool A game, Finland beat Russia 3-2 in a shootout. In Pool B, Switzerland beat Germany 5-2, and Japan topped Sweden 4-3 in a shootout.

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