Russian players celebrate the first goal by Maxim Afinogenov (61) during Sunday's game against Slovakia at the world hockey championships in Cologne, Germany. ((Martin Meissner/Associated Press))

Jaromir Jagr had three assists as the Czech Republic cruised past France 6-2 Sunday at the world hockey championship in Germany.

Jiri Novotny added a goal and two assists for the Czechs, who are looking for their first world title since 2005.

The Czechs went up 5-0 when Lukas Kaspar scored six minutes into the third period. France then scored twice on goals from Yorick Treille and Laurent Meunier.

Jagr then set up Miroslav Blatak for a power-play goal with 33 seconds left for the final score.

Group C rival Sweden beat Norway 5-2.

In Group A, Russia beat Slovakia 3-1, and Belarus rallied to top Kazakhstan 5-2.

The Russians had goals from Alexander Ovechkin, Maxim Afinogenov, and Victor Kozlov. Ovechkin, the most popular player at the tournament, is looking to avenge Russia's poor performance at the Olympics.