Forwards Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks) and Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators) each had a goal and an assist to help lead unbeaten Canada to a 4-0 victory against France in a Group B preliminary-round game at the 2016 IIHF World Championship at Yubileiny Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Monday.
Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) and Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets) scored and Calvin Pickard (Avalanche) made 13 saves for Canada, which moved into first place in Group B with 18 points from six regulation wins.
Finland also has six regulation wins and 18 points but Canada holds the tiebreaker with a better goal differential, outscoring its opposition 34-4; Finland has outscored its opponents 25-6.
Canada and Finland will play Tuesday to conclude preliminary-round play.
"We play a similar style to Finland and they have a lot of guys who play in the NHL," Canada forward Derrick Brassard (New York Rangers) told the IIHF website. "It is going to be a good game. They won the [2016 IIHF] World Juniors and [2016 IIHF World] Under-18s and have a lot of really good players. We respect their team here, and it is going to be a good game."
Stone gave Canada a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 8:32 into the first period Monday. Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers) and Connor McDavid (Oilers) assisted. Pickard stopped France forward Charles Bertrand on a penalty shot 1:33 into the second when defenseman Ryan Ellis (Nashville Predators) was called for slashing.
Duchene gave Canada a 2-0 lead 15:26 into the second off assists by Perry and Ellis.
The loss leaves France sixth in Group B with five points with one game left and eliminates them from the medal round. The top four teams in each group advance.
Russia 3, Norway 0: Ivan Telegin (Jets), Roman Lyubimov and Artemi Panarin (Chicago Blackhawks) scored and Ilya Sorokin (New York Islanders) made 27 saves in Group A preliminary-round play at Ice Palace in Moscow.
Russia is second in Group A with 15 points (five regulation wins, one regulation loss). Russia plays Sweden to close its preliminary-round schedule Tuesday.
"It was a relief to finally get a goal," Panarin said. "There were so many chances and I couldn't score. It felt like the puck was cursed. In the end I was happy to score."
The goal was Panarin's fourth of the tournament.
Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) had no points and took three shots on goal in 17:43 of ice time in his second game for Russia.
Telegin gave Russia a 1-0 lead when he scored 2:09 into the second; Dmitri Orlov (Capitals) and Sergei Kalinin (New Jersey Devils) assisted.
Denmark 4, Kazakhstan 1: Markus Lauridsen and Jannik Hansen (Canucks) each had a goal and an assist for Denmark in a Group A preliminary-round game at Ice Palace.
Sebastian Dahm made 18 saves for Denmark, which concludes the preliminary round with 11 points in seven games and are fourth in Group A.
Switzerland is fifth with eight points in six games and needs to defeat the Czech Republic in regulation Tuesday for a chance to pass Denmark for fourth place and advance to the playoff round.
The top four teams in each group advance.
Kazakhstan, which got a goal by Nigel Dawes, finished the preliminary round last in Group A with two points.
Germany 4, Hungary 2: Constantin Braun scored the go-ahead goal with 2:36 remaining in the third period in a Group B preliminary-round game at Yubileiny Arena.
Thomas Greiss (Islanders) made 14 saves for Germany, which clinched third place in Group B with 13 points. The United States is fourth with nine points with one game remaining.
Denis Reul, Patrick Hager and Marcel Goc scored for Germany.
Istvan Sofron and Kevin Wehrs scored for Hungary, which is seventh in Group B with three points.