Lazarev scores shootout winner as Russia edges Czechs at world juniors

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Goalkeeper Alexander Georgiev and Alexander Dergachyov, centre, of Russia in action with Filip Chlapik of Czech Republic, right, during the 2016 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championship match between Czech Republic and Russia in Helsinki, Finland, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.

Maxim Lazarev scored the only goal in the shootout as Russia edged the Czech Republic 2-1 on Saturday at the world junior hockey championship.

Artur Lauta evened the game at 1-1 with a third-period goal for the Russians (1-0-0).

Michael Spacek scored on a penalty shot to open the scoring for the Czech Republic (0-0-1).

Alexander Georgiev turned aside 24 shots for the win as Vitek Vanecek made 20 saves in defeat.

Charlottetown Islanders centre Filip Chlapik was stopped on his shootout attempt for the Czechs.

Czech defenceman Jakub Zboril was ejected at 10:17 of the first period for boarding.

Geographic location: Czech Republic, Russia, Charlottetown

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