Russia beats Latvia 4-1 to kick off world junior hockey championship

Pavel Chernov had a goal and an assist to lead the Russians to a 4-1 win over Latvia in the tournament's opening game on Friday. ``It wasn't a great game on our part, but it was a solid win in the first game,'' Russia's Nikita Filatov told the IIHF website.
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