. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Canada Advances Despite Slipups

VIENNA, Austria -- The road to gold in the World Ice Hockey Championships looks like the old route to the Stanley Cup; almost everybody makes the playoffs.

The heavily NHL-stocked Canadians -- probably the most disappointing team in the tournament so far -- used the system to good advantage, beating an understaffed United States, 5-1, Sunday to slip into the quarterfinals with only two wins in five pool games.

The four teams missing the final eight were no hockey Who's Who -- outsiders France and Austria, and marginal contenders Norway and Slovakia.

Russia heads the eight quarterfinalists -- the only team to win all five pool games -- and looks ready to claim a record 23rd world title.

Paul Kariya of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks had a hat trick against the Americans, but didn't predict much for his team -- the 20-time world champions.

"It was a big win for us today, obviously very important and we played well," said Kariya, who took Canada to an Olympic silver medal in 1994 and a world championship the same year.

Canada's quarterfinal opponent is in the hands of Slovakia and Germany, which close out pool play Monday. If Germany wins or ties, it will face Finland and Canada will take on the Czech Republic. If Germany loses, Canada will play Finland.

The Canadians may have problems with either team.

The Czechs won nine of a possible 10 points in pool play. The defending champion Finns, after a slow start, scored 20 goals in their final three pool games, including a 5-5 draw Sunday with rival Sweden.

The United States, which rested its top goalie Parris Duffus and sat out the New York Islanders' Marty McInnis and Dan Plante, was guaranteed a place in the quarterfinals regardless of the outcome against Canada.

The United States will face Sweden in the quarterfinals and Russia will play Italy.

"Our goal for the tournament was to get better ... we certainly didn't expect to be at our best at the start because a lot of us hadn't played over here,"Canda's Travis Green, who plays with the New York Islanders, said.

Canada's worst moments in the round-robin were a 5-1 loss to Germany and a 3-3 draw with Slovakia. Its best moment was a 6-4 loss to Russia.

(For other results, see Scorecard.)