The Canadiens are hurting as they head into Game 5 Thursday night at home. They’re down in the series to the Senators, 3-1, while the injuries pile up. Forward Brian Gionta will have surgery Friday on his torn left biceps, knocking him out for the rest of the playoffs. Teammate Lars Eller resumed skating after suffering a concussion and facial injuries after an open-ice hit in Game 1 by Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba. Meanwhile, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said forwards Brandon Prust and Ryan White would sit out Thursday with upper-body injuries, and goalie Carey Price is day to day with a lower-body injury . . . Penguins coach Dan Bylsma still believes in Marc-Andre Fleury, but Tomas Vokoun will start in net against the Islanders Thursday in Game 5 of their series, which is tied at two games apiece . . . Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald reportedly is out with a broken hand he suffered in Tuesday’s Game 4 and could miss the rest of the postseason, according to NHL.com . . . Justin Florek, Jordan Caron, and Jamie Tardif scored as the Providence Bruins beat the Hershey Bears, 3-2, in the deciding Game 5 of their first-round AHL playoff series. The Bruins advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins . . . Craig Smith had a hat trick and John Gibson made 31 saves to lead the United States over Finland, 4-1, at the IIHF World Championship in Helsinki. Also in Helsinki, Germany blanked Austria, 2-0, while Switzerland beat Slovenia, 7-1, and Sweden topped Norway, 5-1, in Stockholm . . . With the Canucks out of the playoffs, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Alex Edler will play for Sweden at the World Championship.
Tampa Bay’s Barber to call it a career
Buccaneers defensive back Ronde Barber is retiring after 16 seasons, according to multiple media reports. Spending his entire career with Tampa Bay, Barber was selected to the Pro Bowl five times and is the franchise leader in interceptions with 47. He also scored eight touchdowns and had 28 sacks in 241 games . . . Minnesota’s governor, Mark Dayton, has joined the list of those wondering if the Vikings released veteran punter Chris Kluwe solely for performance purposes. Kluwe earned a reputation the last few years was an outspoken advocate for several civil rights and social issues, most notably for gay marriage . . . Former Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill won’t face a felony charge from his January arrest for an investigation of domestic violence . . . Browns seventh-round draft pick Armonty Bryant was given a deferred one-year jail sentence after pleading no contest to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested Friday near the stadium at East Central University in Oklahoma, where he was a standout player . . . The Vikings reached an agreement to use the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium in 2014 and 2015 while their new stadium is built. The deal requires approval from the university’s Board of Regents . . . The future home of the 49ers will be called Levi’s Stadium after the team and Levi Strauss & Co. agreed to a $220 million, 20-year deal for naming rights for the stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
BC’s Cavanaugh to take reins at UConn
Mike Cavanaugh, who served on the Boston College coaching staff for the past 18 seasons, the last nine as associate head coach, and helped lead the Eagles to four national championships, was named head men’s hockey coach at Connecticut. Cavanaugh will guide the Huskies in the upgrade of their program as they join Hockey East in 2014-15 . . . Larry Kehres, who turned Mount Union into a Division 3 football powerhouse while stockpiling 11 national titles, is stepping down with a remarkable 332-24-3 record in his 27 seasons . . . Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes has been chosen as the NCAA Division 1 basketball committee chairman for 2014-15 . . . Wagering among male athletes is down 9 percent from 2008, according to the latest NCAA report on gambling. Gambling among men who play Division 1 sports fell from 58 percent to 50 percent from 2008 to 2012. Similar decreases were reported in Division 2 and 3, while female athletes stayed at 39 percent.
Denver’s Karl is NBA Coach of the Year
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl was named the NBA Coach of the Year for the first time after leading the team to a franchise-record 57-win regular season. Karl is 1,131-756 in 25 seasons as a head coach with Cleveland, Golden State, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Denver . . . The Los Angeles Lakers said forward Pau Gasol will get ultrasonic treatment Thursday on both knees in an attempt to regenerate his patellar tendons by removing scar tissue . . . A NASCAR appeals panel sided with Joe Gibbs Racing, easing some of the penalties imposed for having an illegal part in Matt Kenseth’s race-winning engine at Kansas on April 21. The points deducted from Kenseth were reduced from 50 to 12, moving him from 11th in the standings to fourth. The panel reinstated the three bonus points he earned for the win for seeding in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, reduced crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension from six races to one race, and eliminated the six-race suspension for owner Joe Gibbs. The panel increased Toyota’s penalty from a five-point fine to seven points . . . Victoria Azarenka lost her temper, broke her racket, and argued with the chair umpire in her 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 loss to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round of the the Madrid Open. On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal swept past Benoit Paire, 6-3, 6-4, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Robin Haase, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2), and David Ferrer knocked off Denis Istomin, 7-5, 6-2.