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Russia beats Germany 4-1 in Olympic women's hockey

Yekaterina Smolentseva of Russia celebrates her goal against Germany during the third period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game at Shayba Arena, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Olga Sisina's shot deflected off a defender and into the net, and Yekaterina Smolentseva scored on a 2-on-1 just 38 seconds later to help Russia overcome an early deficit and beat Germany 4-1 Sunday in their opening game of the Olympic women's hockey tournament.

Yulia Leskina made 14 saves for Russia. Viona Harrer stopped 33 shots for Germany.

Franziska Busch broke a scoreless tie for Germany in the second period, then the hosts scored four times over a span of 7 minutes, 11 seconds in the third period to turn a one-goal deficit into a three-goal lead. Sosina scored twice, and Smolentzeva had a goal and two assists.

The crowd of 5,048 was the biggest and most boisterous yet of the women's hockey tournament.