Cody Hodgson scored a hat trick as Canada defeated Denmark 6-1 at the world hockey championship on Thursday at Chizhovka Arena.
Hodgson scored Canada's first two goals, then completed the hat trick in the third period to lead the way in a blowout. Matt Read scored twice and Jonathan Huberdeau added his first of the tournament as Canada won for the third time in four games.
Ben Scrivens made 29 saves in his second start, giving up just a two-on-one goal to Nicklas Jensen, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks.
Patrick Galbraith, Denmark's goalie who plays in the Swedish Hockey League, made 40 saves on 46 shots.
Canada faces Italy on Friday.
Hodgson's career in the NHL has been a progression, especially since the Vancouver Canucks traded him to the Buffalo Sabres for Zack Kassian at the 2012 trade deadline.
This past season with Buffalo, Hodgson had a career-high 44 points in 72 games. He had 34 in the lockout-shortened 48-game 2013 season.
Hodgson, 24, was the 10th overall pick in the 2008 entry draft. Last September, the Sabres rewarded the Toronto native with a six-year $25.5-million US contract.
Though Denmark gave Scrivens a couple of scares early, Canada scored the game's first goal for the first time at this tournament. Hodgson poked the puck past Danish defenceman Oliver Lauridsen to give himself a semi-breakaway, then snapped a wrist shot stick side past Galbraith 5:24 in.
A few minutes later, a mistake in the neutral zone cost Canada the lead. Tyler Myers got caught and passed on a two-on-one rush before Morten Madsen fed Jensen for a shot that went just over Scrivens' glove.
Hodgson took advantage of a giveaway by Lauridsen at 5:03 of the second period to make it 2-1. He got the puck thrown right onto his stick in the offensive zone and just had to finish it off by beating a surprised Galbraith.
Read gave Canada some breathing room 1:15 into the third when he banged home the rebound of Kyle Turris's shot. Not long after at 3:08 and with Hodgson off for slashing, Read got a two-on-one with Turris and scored his second of the period.
Latvia surprises U.S.
It became a blowout when Canada took advantage of a delayed penalty on Denmark midway through the third. Morgan Rielly delayed along the wall before passing to Huberdeau, who scored off his own rebound at 8:35.
Hodgson's third of the day came on the power play at 10:26.
Latvia earned its third win over the U.S. at the worlds.
Zemgus Girgensons squeezed the puck between the pads of veteran goaltender Tim Thomas to break the 4-4 tie in the third, and Herberts Vasiljevs made it 6-4 with the winning goal with 2:21 left in the final period.
Brock Nelson's second goal for the U.S. with 1:30 remaining in regulation was too late.
Latvia goalie Kristers Gudlevskis made 31 saves, while Thomas stopped 19 shots.
Latvia was second in Group B to Russia. The U.S. was fourth.
Goals from Gints Meija, Mikelis Redhlins and Aleksandrs Nizivijs gave Latvia 3-1 lead but Nelson and Tyler Johnson scored on power-plays to tie it up in the second period.
"Six goals is just too many [to concede]," scoring defenseman Seth Jones said. "We are doing a lot of good things but have to tighten up defensively. We can't let teams get too close to the net."