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Convincing win for Canada

Canada kept their 100 per cent record going with a resounding 6-0 victory over Austria in Group B of the men's ice hockey preliminary round.

Jeff Carter notched up an 11-minute hat-trick as the defending champions eased their way to three points.

Drew Doughty got the holders up and running, as Shea Weber added a second to give the Canadians a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.

Carter then tore the Austrians apart with three scores in the second session with Ryan Getzlaf chipping in with a fourth to make the score 6-0.

"Confidence in these tournaments is a big thing, with it being so short. You get a goal, and you start to feel good about yourself. Your legs start to feel a little better, the hands start to feel a little better, and it feels like the game comes a little easier. It's definitely big," Carter said following the game.

Canadian coach Mike Babcock said: "I'm just looking for details, who can I trust, and who can you not and how can you win the games as they get harder. It's a detail tournament, it's a one-goal game every single time and so it's going to be about playing well without the puck. I know that."

Finland demolished Scandinavian rivals Norway 6-1 in the other game in Group B.

Goals from captain Teemu Selanne, Jori Letera, Olli Jokinen and a double from Lauri Korpikoski put the Finns five-ahead without reply at the end of the second period.

Per-Age Skroder pulled back a consolation for Norway, before Olli Maatta added a sixth for the dominant Finns.

"Having that record makes me feel very old," Selanne said after his opener made him the oldest Winter Olympic goalscorer ever.

"But I'm just happy that the older guys can still rock. It was awesome. It was fun for me and it's fun to still be around and still feel so good."

Sweden left it late to secure a 1-0 victory over Switzerland in Group C.

Both sides cancelled each other out in the opening two periods with both goaltenders producing a string of top-drawer saves to keep the game goalless.

Daniel Alfredsson grabbed the only score of the game with just seven minutes 21 seconds left on the game clock.

"I think we were able to peak at the right time, and that what's it's all about," Alfredsson said. "It's nice for us to win the first two games here, but it doesn't mean that much. We're going to have to play better. We have a goaltender playing unbelievable, and that's always important in a short tournament.

In the early game in Group C, Jaromir Jagr rolled back the years to help the Czech Republic to their first win of the tournament with a 4-2 victory over Latvia.

Martin Erat opened the scoring for the Czechs before Latvia seized on a powerplay to level the score through Janis Sprukts.

Jagr momentarily restored the Czech's lead on the powerplay until Herberts Vasiljevs tied the game at 2-2.

Jakub Voracek and Marek Zidlicky added two scores for the Czechs to wrap up the points for the 1998 champions.

"I don't get old, man. I don't know why," Jagr, who turns 42 on Saturday, said.

Czech coach Alois Hadamczik said about his ageing star: "He's our best player, it doesn't matter how old he is. He's an icon of Czech hockey, and I think that he can play even more effectively than he is playing now."

Sweden now top the group, while the Swiss drop down into third spot behind the Czech Republic.