Russia avoids upset with narrow shootout win over Denmark

Nikolay Goldobin scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as Russia avoided an upset at the world junior hockey championship on Friday by defeating Denmark 3-2 in the tournament’s opening round-robin game.

TORONTO — Nikolay Goldobin scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as Russia avoided an upset at the world junior hockey championship on Friday by defeating Denmark 3-2 in the tournament’s opening round-robin game.

Sergei Tolchinksy supplied the shootout winner for Russia (0-1-0-0), which trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes of play, while Maxim Mamin also scored in regulation.

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nikolaj Ehlers built a two-goal lead for Denmark (0-0-1-0) with power-play goals in the first period, with Mads Larsen assisting on both.

Russia’s Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves for the win as Georg Sorensen turned away 37 shots for Denmark.

Later, Canada will play its first game of the tournament against Slovakia at the Bell Centre in Montreal.