Alex Ovechkin helped Russia thrash Italy 10-0 at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Wednesday evening.

Russia head coach Ilya Vorobyov commended his player's record-breaking performance, after winning for by a ten-goal margin for the first time in a World, Olympic or Euro Hockey Tour level match.

Washington Capitals star Ovechkin scored his first goal of the tournament as Russia made it four wins from four in group in Group B.

Nikita Zaitsev (1'), Dinar Khafizullin (9'), Yevgeny Kuznetsov (14' and 21'), Ilya Kovalchuk (27'), Yevgeny Dadonov (34' and 46'), Mikhail Grigorenko (37') and Nikita Kucherov (45') were the other goalscorers.

Russia's next opponents are Latvia on May 18.

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