May 16, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Canada rolled to its sixth successive win of the world ice hockey championship in beating France 4-0 on Monday.

Canada, still perfect, leads Group B. The group finale with Finland, also perfect, on Tuesday will determine top seed for the quarterfinals.

Winger Mark Stone finished with a goal and assist in Canada's lowest-scoring game of the tournament. Canada had at least five goals in each previous game. Goaltender Calvin Pickard made 13 saves for Canada's third shutout.

The French stayed in the game thanks to a strong performance from goaltender Ronan Quemener, who made 42 saves. France's Charles Bertrand missed a penalty shot in the second period after Canada's Ryan Ellis slashed Jordann Perret.

Russia continued its strong form with a 3-0 win over Norway in Moscow to move to second in Group A.

After facing criticism from home fans for its slow start to the tournament with a loss to the Czech Republic and a difficult win over Kazakhstan, Russia has improved sharply. In its last four wins, Russia has 22 goals and allowed just two.

Russia plays Sweden on Tuesday with second place at stake. The Russians could climb above the Czech Republic for first if the Czechs lose to Switzerland.

Denmark finished its Group A campaign by defeating Kazakhstan 4-1, all four on the power play, to sit in the last qualifying spot for the quarters.

The Danes can be denied only their second appearance in the quarters - the previous time was 2010 - if Switzerland beat the Czechs in regulation.

Germany, already through to the quarters for the first time in five years, completed its group play by holding off Hungary 4-2.

Hungary was tied with Germany at 2-2 until 2 1/2 minutes from the end of regulation, Constantin Braun scored from the point to underscore Germany's relentless pressure. An empty-netter was added late.

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