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France earns QF berth, Finns still alive at Worlds

Minsk, Belarus (SportsNetwork.com) - France clinched a quarterfinal berth and Finland stayed alive for a place in the round of eight on Monday at the 2014 World Hockey Championship.

Cristobal Huet continued his strong play with 31 saves and Stephane da Costa scored two of France's four third-period goals in a 6-2 win over Denmark. The French clinched a berth in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1995.

France will close Group A play on Tuesday against the Czech Republic.

Finland, meanwhile, needed a win in its Group B finale to keep its bid for a quarterfinal berth alive. Olli Jokinen snapped a second-period tie and Jarkko Immonen added a goal with three seconds left in the second as the Finns went on to a 4-3 win over Kazakhstan.

The Finns finished round-robin play with 11 points, but Latvia and Belarus are two points behind with two games still remaining. Latvia and Belarus will meet in one of Monday's late games. Latvia will then play Switzerland on Tuesday and the host nation will take on Russia, which has already wrapped up first place in Group B.

Italy and Sweden will square off in Group A later Monday.