U.S. tops Germany to clinch spot in quarters

KOSICE, Slovakia — Dylan Larkin scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the United States went on to beat Germany 3-1 Sunday at the world championships. The win clinches a spot for the Americans in the quarterfinals ahead of a matchup with red-hot Canada on Tuesday in their final preliminary-round game. Jack Eichel put the Americans ahead by two goals late in the third and Cory Schneider was strong in net, helping them win a fifth straight game in Group A since opening the tournament with a…

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Bruins hope Chara recovers in time for Cup Final

BOSTON — The Bruins were able to sweep Carolina in the Eastern Conference finals without captain Zdeno Chara. Now they’re hoping 10 days off before the start of the Stanley Cup Final will be enough time for the defenseman to return. The title round begins May 27 when Boston will face San Jose or St. Louis, with the West finals tied 2-all. The Bruins completed their sweep Thursday with Chara out with an undisclosed injury. “We have a lot of time to make the absolute right decision to give him…

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Blues ‘move on’ from OT loss, close out Game 4

2:36 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN ST. LOUIS — For the St. Louis Blues, the final minutes of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Friday night had an uncomfortable similarity to the final minutes of Game 3. As the San Jose Sharks controlled play with their goalie pulled for an extra attacker, creating a parade of scoring chances, the Blues kept icing the puck as they clung to a one-goal lead. “It’s just madness. You hope for the best and try to close the door,” St. Louis goalie Jordan…

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Blues anthem singer battling MS hopes ride continues as long as possible

May 15, 2019 Greg WyshynskiESPN Charles Glenn feels it in his joints as he walks through the concrete concourses of Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The staircases make his hips ache in ways they hadn’t until a few years ago. But when he steps out in front of more than 18,000 fans at St. Louis Blues home games, those agonies fade to the shadows, displaced by the task at hand. “You’re the person who sets the energy. You’re setting the mood and the atmosphere for what’s about to happen,” said…

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Blues D Dunn day-to-day with upper-body injury

The Blues could be without defenseman Vince Dunn for Game 4 of their Western Conference finals series against the Sharks on Friday. The team says the defenseman is day-to-day with an upper-body injury after he left in the first period of Wednesday’s Game 3 when he was hit in the face by a Brenden Dillon shot. He didn’t return to the game, a 5-4 Blues loss. The 22-year-old Dunn had 12 goals and 23 assists during the regular season. He’s added two goals and five assists in the playoffs. “Obviously…

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Bruins’ Wagner sent for tests, to miss Game 4

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Wednesday that right wing Chris Wagner has returned to Boston for tests on his injured right arm and will not be available for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Miss a game from the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs? Want to experience a game again? Every playoff matchup is available for replay on ESPN+. Watch now » Wagner hurt his arm blocking a Justin Faulk slap shot in the third period of Tuesday’s 2-1 victory…

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How the NHL trade deadline shaped the final four playoff teams

Every year at the NHL trade deadline, teams are forced to make decisions based on whether they believe a deep postseason run is possible. The Columbus Blue Jackets, for example, went all-in by trading for scorers Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel despite being on the bubble when the February 25 deadline rolled around. They were rewarded with a strong performance from Duchene, and a series win in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. On the other side of the spectrum, the Montreal Canadiens elected to stand pat at the deadline and…

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Prospect pool risers and fallers for every Metropolitan Division team

The Metropolitan Division is one of the more intriguing segments of the NHL when it comes to prospects. No one expected the Hurricanes to be the last team standing in the Metro this season, but here we are. But the Canes also have some solid layers to their organization that will allow them to continue to be competitive regardless of what happens this offseason. Beyond them, most teams are in various stages of either rebuilding or retooling, but then there are also two long-term contenders that lack the prospect depth…

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Ducks’ Kesler has hip surgery, likely out ’19-20

4:18 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN Veteran Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler underwent right hip resurfacing surgery last week, the team announced on Monday. It is unlikely Kesler will play in the 2019-20 season. Ryan Kesler was part of the Ducks’ big three. Christian Petersen/Getty Images According to the team, the surgery is a “bone-preserving hip replacement that can provide pain relief and increase function in normal activities of daily living.” The Ducks said the surgery leaves “open the possibility that Kesler could resume his NHL career following a lengthy recovery.” General…

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily – Canes eating a ‘poop sandwich,’ down 2-0 to Bruins

6:47 AM ET Emily KaplanESPN The Carolina Hurricanes are in an 0-2 hole after a 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Sunday, and captain Justin Williams dropped a pretty epic post game quote about how his team can climb out of it. Here’s a recap of last night’s action (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…

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