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Sidney Crosby and Team Canada continued their World Championships dominance in Latvia on Thursday.

They opened the qualifying round with an 11-0 rout of Latvia.

Crosby, the Penguins’ 18-year-old sensation, had a goal and an assist for Canada. He leads the tournament with five goals, four assists and nine points in four games. Teammate Patrice Bergeron, who had a goal Thursday, is just behind with eight points (3+5).

Kyle Calder had two goals for Canada, while Scott Hartnell Mike Richards, Matt Pettinger, Jeff Carter, Brendan Shanahan, Brad Boyes, Justin Williams, Bergeron and Crosby all scored.

Marc Denis turned away all 16 shots he faced to earn the shutout win in goal.

Canada (4-0) returns to action Sunday against the Czech Republic.

Russia 6, Ukraine 0

Evgeni Malkin had one assist as the Russians rolled to the qualifying round triumph.

Malkin, the Penguins’ 19-year-old super prospect, set up Maxim Sushinsky’s power-play goal 1:03 into the third period. Up to that point, Russia had only managed a 1-0 lead. Sushinsky’s tally sparked a five-goal period for Russia (4-0).

Malkin now has six points (3+3) in six games and is tied with Alexander Ovechkin (4+2) for Russia’s team lead.

Sergei Zvyagin and Alexander Fomichev combined to stop 25 shots in goal to earn the shutout.

Russia returns to action Sunday against Switzerland.

Slovakia 2, Switzerland 0

Penguins winger Tomas Surovy had one assist in Slovakia’s shutout in the qualifying round Friday.

Martin Cibak scored Slovakia’s first goal unassisted. Survoy set up Dusan Milo’s power-play goal 11:33 into the second period.

Karol Krizan stopped all 10 shots he faced to earn the win in goal.

Slovakia battles Sweden on Sunday.

Finland 3, United States 0

Three different players scored goals to lead the Finns past Team USA on Friday.

Penguins forward Jani Rita played for Finland, but did not record any points.

Penguins forwards Ryan Malone and Andy Hilbert and defenseman Brooks Orpik went scoreless as well for Team USA.

Team USA returns to action Saturday against Latvia. Finland takes on Norway on Sunday.



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