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, Denmark (AP) Five games, five wins. Led by Patrick Kane, the United States has impressed so far at the ice hockey world championship in Denmark.The U.S. opened with victory over Canada, the tournament favorite seeking a third title in four years and captained by NHL leading scorer Connor McDavidChasing its first medal at the tournament since bronze in 2015, the 5-4 win over Canada in a penalty shootout set the pace for the U.S. in Group B, followed by victories against host Denmark (4-0), Germany (3-0), Latvia (3-2 in OT) and South Korea (13-1).The decision to make Kane captain after a disappointing season with his Chicago Blackhawks has paid off.The 29-year-old star forward last played at the world championships in 2008, his first season in the NHL and also the last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs. In the meantime he won three Stanley Cup titles with the Blackhawks and was in the U.S. team at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.”It’s a huge honor to represent the United States of America, the greatest country in the world,” Kane said.He has proved a leader on ice, scoring three goals and adding nine assists in the first five games at the championship.Kane was also key to other players being keen to join the team.”His influence was as a magnet to attract players Adidas Dougie Hamilton Jersey
,” U.S. general manager Bill Zito said.The team includes game-breakers such as forwards Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings, Anders Lee of the New York Islanders, Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers and Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames. Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets has been the team’s leading scorer at the championship with five goals.But there’s also promising young talent, such as defenseman Quinn Hughes, a top 10 prospect in the 2018 NHL draft.”Lot of good players, lot of young guys on this team, so it’s been a fun team to be around,” Kane said.Kane’s Chicago teammate Alex DeBrincat, who is on the national team after scoring 28 goals in his rookie season with the Blackhawks, praised Kane’s leadership qualities.”He wants to be the best, he’s always out there to be the best player on the ice,” DeBrincat said. ”For me Adidas Julien Gauthier Jersey
, it’s taking that mentality and just using it. Everyone wants to be the best but some guys want that so much more and he’s one of those guys.”Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy and Nashville Predators forward Nick Bonino have joined the team to strengthen the roster after the elimination from the NHL playoffs.With a quarterfinal spot all but ensured, the U.S. faces Norway on Sunday and Finland on Tuesday in their remaining Group B games.”The most important game is the next one, so we’ll look to continue improving as we get set for Norway,” head coach Jeff Blashill said. VANCOUVER, British Columbia — David Perron still believes.Many people have written off the St. Louis Blues‘ playoff hopes, but the winger begs to differ with them.“Should we give up?” Perron asked reporters. “I think there’s a lot of hockey to be played. You look at the standings, we’re not where we want to be. We have some games in hand on some teams. And we can do some damage if we start playing the right way.”Article continues below ...The Blues (13-15-4)are in a good mood as they prepare to visit the Vancouver Canucks (16-17-4) on Thursday. St. Louis is coming off a decisive 4-1 road victory Tuesday over the Edmonton Oilers, a team that had been surging.“It was a real solid team effort,” interim coach Craig Berube told reporters. “Man to man, everybody was dialed in and played a real solid game for 60 minutes.”The Blues will try to repeat the effort against a Canucks team that has posted five wins in seven games. Berube and company hope to get more strong play from Blues’ third line of veterans Patrick Maroon and Tyler Bozak and rookie Robert Thomas.Maroon netted winner in Edmonton, producing just his second goal of the season, while Bozak scored in a loss in one-sided loss in Calgary Adidas Petr Mrazek Jersey
, ending a 19-game scoring slump. Before that goal, the third line had gone seven games without one. Now, it has produced two markers in as many games.Meanwhile, Blues defenseman Vince Dunn avoided a suspension Wednesday, but still received a $1,942 fine from the NHL, following a cross-checking incident withEdmonton forward Jujhar Khaira. Both cross-checked each other, but Khaira’s infraction was deemed more harmful. He was suspended for two games and also fined $7,258 after receiving a major and game misconduct.However, the Canucks did not get a decision they were looking for, as the NHL chose not to discipline Tampa Bay forward Danick Martel for a blind-side hit to the head of Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher on Tuesday.In what might have been a major understatement on his part, Canucks winger Antoine Roussel called the lack of punishment for Martel “surprising.”Vancouver coach Travis Green confirmed that Stecher Adidas Calvin De Haan Jersey
, who was left woozy and had to be helped off the ice, suffered a concussion. Green vented into a referee’s ear after the incident Wednesday, but was more calm the morning after. “When your player’s hurt you want the league to do the right thing, but it’s not an easy job. They reviewed it,” Green told reporters. “We move on.”The Canucks hope to move on from a 5-2 loss to the Lightning that featured some fights and fiery moments before and after Martel’s hit on Stecher.But it’s clear that Tuesday’s fisticuffs, when Vancouver players stuck up for Stecher and rookie Elias Pettersson after he took a high hit from Cedric Paquette, had a galvanizing effect on the Canucks.Roussel told reporters Wednesday after practice that he loved the display of emotions, but he was tired physically and mentally after the workout. Green was enthused, too.“You hate losing, but I like the way our team is coming together,” he said.