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Unbeaten Canada gains quarterfinals

Updated: September 2, 2004, 6:55 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Ryan Smyth scored two goals to lead Canada to a 5-1 victory over Slovakia on Wednesday night in the World Cup of Hockey.

Canada, which beat the United States 2-1 on Tuesday night, improved to 2-0 in the tournament and is now guaranteed a home game for the quarterfinals next Wednesday in Toronto.

"It's obviously exciting when you feel like you're contributing," said Smyth. "We played a sound hockey game, now it's just a matter of getting better for the next step."

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