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Not the Russians.
Unlike the powerhouse Canadians who got off to a slow start before rolling past Norway 8-0, Russia struck quick.
Zaripov scored 2:38 into the game off a cross-crease pass from Fedorov.
Alexander Radulov scored midway through the first period with an assist from Fedorov.
"I was nervous before the game," said the 40-year-old Fedorov. "I still got some legs left."
After the KHL standouts started the scoring barrage, the NHL's best got going.
Ovechkin scored his first goal in the final minute of the first period, and Evgeni Malkin made it 4-0 late in the second on a power-play goal, stunting some confidence the scrappy Latvians seemed to be building after denying the Russians the first five times they had an extra skater.
Latvia's boisterous drum-banging, flag-waving fans -- one of whom entertained the crowd by dancing in the aisles -- erupted 33 seconds into the third period when Vasiljevs wheeled between the circles and got a shot past Nabokov.
But then they were silenced by Russian's jaw-dropping talent that combined to score three goals in just over 2 minutes capped by Ilya Kovalchuk's goal that made it 7-1.
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