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Canada dominates U.S. at hockey worlds

Canada stormed out the gate to all but bury the United States in the opening minutes of the first period at the men's world hockey championship in Russia Monday.

Canada stormed out the gate to all but bury the United States in the opening minutes of the first period at the men's world hockey championship in Russia Monday.

Matthew Lombardi of the Calgary Flames netted a hat trick in the 6-3 victory at Mytischi. Mike Cammalleri scored twice, with Jay McClement opening the scoring just eight seconds into the game.

Captain Shane Doan and Eric Staal each drew two assists in the team's sixth consecutive win.

Canada moves on to the elimination stage, and as winner of Group F, earned a quarter-final date with Switzerland on Thursday.

Paul Stastny had two goals, andLee Stempaniak added a goal and assist for the U.S., which will take on Finland in the quarter-finals.

The game featured the goaltending tandem for the Carolina Hurricanes this past season. Cam Ward made 31 saves for the win, with John Grahame facing 27 shots before giving way in the third to Jason Bacashihua.

After allowing its opponents to score first in each of its five previous game, Canada exploded for four goals in slightly more than 13 minutes against the Americans.

McClement took a pass from Mike Commodore after the opening faceoff and blasted a slapshot from just inside the U.S. blue-line that went off the right post and in past a stunned Grahame.

Less than two minutes later on a power play, Staal sped through a trio of U.S. players and fed a cross-ice pass to Cammalleri, who converted the feed into a half-empty net.

Later in the period, Canada scored a pair of goals 37 seconds apart. Rick Nash made a rush similar to Staal's and fed Lombardi on a 2-on-1 goal at the 12:48 mark.

Cammalleri then got his second of the game, deflecting a point shot that trickled past Grahame fora 4-0 lead.

Canada outshot the U.S. 17-7 in the first, with Ward making a right-arm stop on Andrew Hutchinson's shot for his toughest save of the period.

Stastny put his side on the board midway through the second when he put home a rebound from a point shot past Ward. Though born in Quebec, the Colorado Avalanche rookie sensation grew up in the U.S.

Lombardi took Nash's pass in the neutral zone and fired a slapper from the left faceoff circle for his second late in the middle period.

Defence outworked behind net

After Stempniak made the score 5-2, Lombardi completed the hat trick early in the third from the slot after Doan outworked the U.S. defence behind the net.

Stastny got his second late in the period to round out the scoring.

Erik Johnson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft, had two assists for the Americans. The defenceman announced last month he was leaving the University of Minnesota to join the St. Louis Blues next season.

Canada will play a Swiss team that features Montreal Canadiens Mark Streit and netminder David Aebischer, though Jonas Hiller has made the majority of the team's starts in net.

Canadian-born Paul DiPietro, who had stints with Montreal andthe Toronto Maple Leafsin the 1990s, is one of the team's top forwards.

Russia took Group E honours in a battle of unbeatens on Monday with a 4-2 win over Sweden. Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored the winner after Maple Leaf Alex Steen tied the game for the Swedes.

Former NHLer Alexei Morovov had two goals for the Russians.

Russia will play the Czech Republic, with Sweden battling Slovakia in the other quarter-final games.

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