Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice for Canada in their 9-0 rout of Japan ©Getty Images

Canada maintained their formidable form that saw them become world and Olympic champions by thrashing Japan at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championship in Denmark.

The Canadian's smashed their opponents 9-0 at the KVIK Hockey Arena in Herning.

The rout started almost immediately as they flew out the gates in the first period, with Victoria Bach netting her team's opening goal inside 90 seconds.

Marie-Philip Poulin doubled their lead five minutes later before Emma Maltais scored a third just after the 15th minute mark to establish a commanding advantage.

It got worse for Japan in the second quarter as Blayre Turnbull added a fourth and Poulin bagged her second of the match.

Ella Shelton and Jamie Lee Rattray also got themselves on the scoresheet in quick succession prior to the break.

Canada's ruthless continued in the third period, through Sarah Potomak and Sarah Fillier rounding off the stellar victory.

The result meant that the Canadians leapfrogged the United States to move top of Group A while Japan sit rock bottom after three successive losses.

Later in the day, Denmark won a closely fought contest against Hungary 1-0 at the Iscentre Nord.

Julie Ostergaard netted the only goal of the game off an Josefine Jakobsen assist in the third period.

Hungary went all-in in the final minute by swapping their goaltender with an attacker, but the Dane's held on.

This was Denmark's first victory of the tournament and has moved up to third in Group B.

Away from the ice rink, Swedish player Lina Ljungblom was handed a one-game suspension after the competition's Disciplinary Panel determined she had "recklessly endangered" Germany's Katarina Jobst-Smith and violated the checking from behind rule during the shootout victory yesterday.

This was despite accepting Ljungblom had limited time to react to seeing her opponent as well as not moving at a high speed.

It means Sweden will be without the player for their match against Hungary tomorrow.