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The Wraparound: O'Reilly, Reinhart earn gold; Pens on brink; Trottier sings

Ryan O'Reilly went to the world championships to win gold for Canada and earn a spot on the World Cup of Hockey roster.

He's got the gold. He'll find out this week if the second part comes true.

O'Reilly, Sabres teammate Sam Reinhart and the rest of Team Canada earned a 2-0 victory over Finland to win the worlds Sunday. The Canadians avenged a 4-0 loss to the Finns during preliminary play.

 

"In these tournaments where you don't have a chance to play very long together, you have to learn from your mistakes and get better every game," defenseman Morgan Rielly said on the IIHF website. "You can only afford to lose one or maybe two games. You do that, you learn from your mistakes, you get better, and that's what we were able to do."

O'Reilly has helped Canada to two straight golds. He recorded two goals, six assists and a plus-9 rating in 10 games. He skated 17:24 in the championship with three shots and was plus-1.

He is a bubble player for Canada's World Cup team. The final rosters will be announced Friday or Saturday. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun has Brad Marchand, Corey Perry and Patrice Bergeron edging O'Reilly for one of the final spots.

 

Reinhart, playing in the world championships for the first time, had four assists and seven shots while averaging 6:15 of ice time, lowest among forwards.

 

The other Sabres to reach the medal round, USA's Jake McCabe and Hudson Fasching, left empty-handed after losing to Canada in the semifinals and suffering a 7-2 loss to host Russia in the bronze-medal game. McCabe had a goal, assist and minus-3 rating in eight games while skating 17:35 per outing. Fasching had two assists and a minus-2 in 10 games while averaging 10:02. The rookie climbed up the depth chart late and skated 15:20 in the loss to the Russians.

"I've got mixed feelings about this tournament," said Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovski. "We were under a lot of pressure, and there was great expectation around us. It feels like we lost, even though we came out with a medal."

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Tampa Bay is one victory away from a second straight appearance in the Stanley Cup final. Pittsburgh is one goaltending decision away from going home for the summer.

The Lightning won Game Five on Sunday night, 4-3, to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference final. Tyler Johnson got credit for the overtime winner with an inadvertent deflection.

The Lightning will host Game Six on Tuesday.

Coach Mike Sullivan went with Marc-Andre Fleury in goal. Rookie Matt Murray had performed well in place of the concussed Fleury, but the veteran is healthy. Fleury stopped 21 of 25 shots. Sullivan said he needed time to determine the Game Six starter.

Alex Killorn cut the Lightning's deficit to 2-1 midway through the second period.

While the goaltending debate will get most of the attention, the Pens' star skaters can't escape the heat.

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As promised, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels made it to Pittsburgh for Game Five and visited with Mario Lemieux.

This awesome promo opened Game Four.

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The Sharks and Blues will look to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference final when St. Louis hosts Game Five on Monday night (8 p.m., NBCSN).

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Wondering what former Sabres assistant coach Bryan Trottier has been up to?

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