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Japan hammered Denmark 6-2 on Saturday for its second straight win in the Beijing Olympics women’s ice hockey tournament, taking a huge step toward a first-ever quarterfinals berth.

Japan, ranked sixth in the world and appearing in its third straight Games, finished clinically against the 11th-ranked Olympic debutant at Wukesong Sports Centre, as it moved to the top of the five-nation Group B from which the top three teams will advance.

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