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Doan scores hat trick as Canada beats Belarus 6-3 at world championship

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Canada\'s Shane Doan, right, scores against Belarus\' goalkeeper Stepan Goryachevskikh during the Ice Hockey World Championship qualifying match in Moscow, Friday. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze) Author: The Hockey News

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Doan scores hat trick as Canada beats Belarus 6-3 at world championship

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The captain scored three times in a seven-minute stretch on Friday as Canada skated to a comfortable 6-3 win over Belarus. Doan has remained extremely professional while politicians in Canada have questioned his character over an alleged derogatory comment to a French-Canadian NHL official back in 2005. Doan, who denied making the remark, was cleared by the NHL at the time.

Jonathan Toews, Mike Cammalleri and Matthew Lombardi also scored Friday for Canada (4-0), which finishes the qualifying round with games Sunday against the Czech Republic and Monday against the U.S.

Aleksei Ugarov, Aleksandr Ryadinsky and Dmitry Meleshko replied for Belarus (1-3).

Even though Canada trailed 1-0 after the first period, the final outcome never seemed in doubt. The Canadians took six penalties in the opening period and Ugarov scored on a 5-on-3 advantage at 8:43 with a shot from in close that goalie Cam Ward nearly got his pad on.

Canada has allowed the first goal in all four of its games.

Doan's first of the night early in the second period made it 1-1. He broke in on a short-handed 2-on-1 with Rick Nash and converted a nice pass from the speedy winger.

The captain then gave Canada the lead for good at 5:15 of the second period after Toews made a nice play to bring the puck in front and had it roll to Doan, who was alone at the side of the net.

The 19-year-old Toews scored his first of the tournament at 8:32 before Doan completed the hat trick 41 seconds later when he poked a loose puck by Belarus goalie Stepan Goryachevskikh.

Cammalleri made it 5-1 with a power-play goal before the second period was finished and Canada was cruising.

Ryadinsky scored midway through the third period. Referee Peter Jonak reviewed the goal on tape for several minutes before ruling the puck wasn't touched with a high stick.

Lombardi and Meleshko traded late goals.

Notes: Nash was not on the bench in the third period . . . The Canadians played their first game at Khodynka Arena, where the gold-medal game will be held. Most of the multi-coloured seats were empty . . . Canadian goaltender Chris Mason dressed as the backup . . . The families and friends of the Canadian players visited Red Square before watching their first game since arriving in Moscow.

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Doan scores hat trick as Canada beats Belarus 6-3 at world championship