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Blues and Bruins break before Game 5

There is no NHL hockey on the docket tonight as Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final is Thursday at TD Garden in Boston. Ryan O’Reilly powered the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday to tie the series at two games apiece. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara reportedly sustained a broken jaw in Game 4 and is listed as day-to-day, as is Blues forward Robert Thomas, who was steamrolled by Torey Krug in Game 1.

Stop by Stanley Cup of Chowder and St. Louis Game Time for more on the Cup.

Hockey Headlines

ICYMI, the Florida Panthers added Mike Kitchen, Andrew Brunette and Derek MacKenzie to Joel Quenneville’s staff. (LItter Box Cats)

A homesick wife could pull Erik Karlsson back to the Atlantic Division. The superstar defenseman (and pending UFA) is hoping for offers from the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Karlsson on the Habs makes a lot more sense to me... (Ottawa Sun) (Sportsnet)

The Columbus Blue Jackets signed 22-year-old goaler Veini Vehvilainen to a two-year entry-level contract. The Finnish keeper was a teammate of Aleksi Heponiemi at Karpat and was taken in the sixth round of the 2018 draft by the Jackets. (The Cannon)

Taylor Hall is taking his sweet time before signing an extension with the New Jersey Devils. (The Fourth Period)

The Newfound Growlers captured the Kelly Cup in their inaugural season. Woof! (ECHL)

Speaking of championships, Game 3 of the Calder Cup final between the Chicago Wolves and Charlotte Checkers is tonight a 8 p.m. You can watch on NHL Network.  (The AHL)