How NHL players handle ‘Game of Thrones’ spoilers

May 17, 2019 Greg WyshynskiESPN ST. LOUIS — It was Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Colorado Avalanche, and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon was avoiding social media at all costs. Not because the Avalanche defeated his team at the Shark Tank, which no doubt perturbed him. But because the living army was scheduled to battle the Army of the Dead outside of Winterfell that evening, and the last thing he wanted to do on that last Sunday in April was accidentally stumble upon the fate…

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U.S. routs Denmark at worlds behind DeBrincat

KOSICE, Slovakia — Alex DeBrincat had two goals and an assist to help the United States rout Denmark 7-1 on Saturday for the Americans’ fourth straight victory during preliminary play at the world championships. Jeff Blashill became the winningest U.S. coach in world championship history in the top division with his 18th career victory in 23 games. Patrick Kane added three assists, Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist, and Frank Vatrano, Clayton Keller, Chris Kreider and Dylan Larkin scored a goal apiece. Goalie Cory Schneider made 21 saves…

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Senators sued by bus driver in harassment case

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager and the NHL team were sued Friday for negligence over allegations he harassed a hotel shuttle bus driver last year in Buffalo. Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit along with Randy Lee and the Senators is a bar and grill called (716), where Lee had been a patron on the night of the incident. The suit seeks unspecified damages. Lee had already pleaded guilty to a criminal violation stemming from the encounter with the then-19-year-old driver that occurred…

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Blues’ fun-loving energy line lacks nickname but drives success

10:44 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN ST. LOUIS — Ryan O’Reilly said it happens frequently on the St. Louis Blues‘ bench. There will be a line change. Forwards Patrick Maroon, Tyler Bozak and Robert Thomas will hit the ice. One of their teammates will acknowledge their energetic forecheck in the opposition zone. “You can kind of hear guys saying, ‘Here they go again,’” O’Reilly said. “It’s great to watch them do it, how they wear teams down. They just seem to always be in the right area. It’s a line that…

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Kane sets U.S. scoring record at world champs

KOSICE, Slovakia — Patrick Kane scored a goal and had two assists to become the United States’ all-time leading scorer at the world hockey championship in a 6-3 win over Britain on Wednesday. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Olympian finished the game with 36 points, surpassing the 33 points U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Johnson had in the tournament. Johnson led the Americans with 11 goals when they won Olympic gold in 1980. “It’s special when you think of all the great American players, all the kids…

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Prospect pool risers and fallers for every Central Division team

Every team in the Central Division has been to the playoffs within the past few seasons, and it hasn’t allowed for especially high draft picks. That’s why the Central is one of the shallower divisions when it comes to high-end prospects, despite being home to No. 1 NHL-drafted prospect and early 2019-20 Calder Trophy favorite Cale Makar. Most of the teams in this division aren’t considered rebuilding projects, though one wonders if the Wild will start to look at retooling a bit more in the coming years. Chicago and Colorado…

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily – Sharks’ Game 2 struggles continue

11:04 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Now that’s the St. Louis Blues team that rolled through Winnipeg and Dallas en route to the Western Conference finals. After their 4-2 win, the series is now tied 1-1 with the San Jose Sharks. Here’s what happened in the NHL last night (check out replays of every playoff game on ESPN+) and what to watch for tonight, in today’s edition of ESPN Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Jump ahead: Last night’s game | Three starsPlay of the night | Today’s game | Social post of…

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Larkin lifts U.S. past Finland in OT at worlds

KOSICE, Slovakia — Dylan Larkin scored with 1:13 left in overtime and Cory Schneider stopped 24 shots, lifting the United States to a 3-2 win over Finland on Monday at the world hockey championship. Larkin ended the 3-on-3 overtime, carrying the puck inside the right circle and scoring on a wrist shot that got past Veini Vehvilainen’s blocker. The Finns complained about an open-ice hit that wasn’t ruled a penalty against the U.S. shortly before Larkin scored the game-winning goal. Brady Skjei scored in the opening minute and Johnny Gaudreau…

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Canes eat ‘poop sandwich’ after Bruins thumping

8:01 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN BOSTON — After a 6-2 blowout against the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Williams said his team needs to rediscover who they are — and that process might not be so palatable. “You spend all this time leading up, with everyone writing articles about how great we are,” Williams said Sunday. “You come out, and sometimes you gotta eat a poop sandwich. It doesn’t taste good. You have to chew on it for a couple days,…

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