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Canada thumps Austria, remain undefeated at Worlds

Jason Spezza and Matt Duchene each had two goals and two assists as Canada thumped Austria 10-1 on Tuesday at the World Hockey Championship.

Mike Smith made 14 saves in the victory.

With the win Canada finished the round robin a perfect 7-0 while scoring 45 goals and is the top seed in Group A.

The Canadians will now play Belarus on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Canada elected to rest captain Sidney Crosby for the game and defenseman Dan Hamhuis wore the ‘C’ as the team’s captain.

Duchene, Tyson Barrie, Taylor Hall and Aaron Ekblad scored first period goals giving Canada a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Spezza and Jordan Eberle made it 6-0 after two periods.

Dominique Heinrich spoiled Smith’s shutout bid early in the third getting Austria on the board.

Spezza, Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Brayden Schenn added third period goals for Canada.

Thirteen members of Canada’s roster had at least a point in the win.

‘There’s nobody that wants to fight Jamie Benn,’ says Stars GM

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There’s been plenty of praise for Jamie Benn recently. After capturing the NHL’s scoring title with a final-night flurry — on what was later acknowledged to be a serious hip injury — then earning a nomination for the Ted Lindsay Award, it seems people can’t say enough about good things the Dallas captain.

Like his boss, for example.

“There’s nobody that wants to fight Jamie Benn,” Stars GM Jim Nill said, per the Dallas Morning-News. “I’ve seen it in so many buildings.

“The game gets a little bit rough, he kind of looks at somebody and the fire is put out.”

Benn, 25, is a pretty tough customer. He’s listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, racked up a team-high 120 hits this season and, over his six-year NHL career, has fought 14 times, which includes couple of memorable scraps.

Like this one, against Francois Beauchemin:

And another, perhaps most famously, against Joe Thornton:

The toughness factor has played a big role in Benn’s quick ascension to star status. Over the last two years, he’s accomplished an awful lot — won an Olympic gold and Art Ross, became team captain, helped Dallas snap a five-year playoff drought — yet never strayed from the gritty, sandpaper stuff.

“It’s amazing what he’s done just in the two years that I’ve been there,” Nill explained. “And what is he — 25? He’s not even in his prime yet.

“And he’s laying in bed right now with two hip surgeries. He played the whole year injured. People don’t understand that. It’s an amazing what he’s done. The encouraging part is where he’s headed. You know he’s going to get even better.”

Related: Stars’ Benn undergoes second hip surgery

PHT Morning Skate: Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin pranked by moms

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Jackie Seguin and Heather Benn got a measure of revenge on their sons Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn recently.

The pair played a little Mother’s Day prank on their sons as a payback for the Valentine’s Day joke the Stars’ forwards pulled off in February.

Mob informant: NY Rangers ‘left the Stanley Cup’ at strip club. (Puck Daddy)

How Paul Reinhart helped sons Sam, Griffin and Max become top prospects. (The Hockey News)

Mike Milbury and Keith Jones look ahead to Game 7 between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, which goes Wednesday night at MSG.

Mike Babcock visited with Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula on Sunday. (The Associated Press)

Elliotte Friedman’s 30 thoughts with news and information from around the league is always a must-read. (Sportsnet)

The Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks will meet for the first time in a Stanley Cup playoff series. Here’s a look ahead to the Western Conference final:

Close call: Canadians edge France to remain undefeated at Worlds

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For the second consecutive year the Canadians struggled with France at the World Hockey Championship.

Last year France shocked Canada with a shootout victory in the tournament opener.

On Saturday the Canadians managed to hang on for a 4-3 victory despite a late rally by the French.

With the win, Canada has secured a spot in the quarterfinal.

“It seems like every year there’s a game where you’re in a real fight to get the puck in the net,” said Jordan Eberle per IIHF.com. “You have to find a way to win, and today we did that with our power play.”

Tyler Seguin scored twice and Eberle had the other as the Canadians lead 3-1 after 40 minutes.

Yorick Treille and Damien Fleury scored third period goals 35 seconds apart tying it 3-3.

Eberle’s second of the game less than three minutes later stood to be the winner, as the Canadians remain undefeated at the tournament following a fifth straight victory.

Canada’s next game comes Sunday against Switzerland.

Stars’ Benn undergoes second hip surgery

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Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn had a second hip surgery done on Monday in New York and according to The Dallas Morning News, could begin skating in August.

Benn joins Trevor Daley, Ales Hemsky, Valeri Nichushkin and John Klingberg as Stars players who have undergone hip surgeries over the last year.

So what’s with all the hip surgeries in Dallas?

Mike Heika reports it’s part of a philosophical change the Stars are embracing.

Here’s more from his story:

Benn has suffered from femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), or bone spurs that form on the head of the femur. The spurs irritate and can cut the labrum in the hip socket, and that can cause pain. Benn battled through the pain with shots, off days and grit, but the surgeries should help prevent that going forward.

“They are starting to figure out a correlation between FAI, sports hernias, groin pain and labral tears,” said Stars’ head athletic trainer Dave Zeis. “There’s no doubt we’re concerned, and we’re researching everything we can. I think you can attack it aggressively, or you can bury your head in the sand and say they are manageable, organizationally.

“The question is when do you intervene? We feel we have more information, and we feel we’re going to learn even more going forward.”

If all goes well, Benn, who was named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award this week, could be ready for the start of the season.