Team USA — with its Red Wings and Michigan connections — lost, but it was a injury to Dylan Larkin that stood out Tuesday in Canada’s 3-0 victory over Team USA at the world championships in Slovakia.
Larkin, the Red Wings’ young star, took a shot from the point from Canadian defenseman Philippe Myers directly to the groin area in the first period.
Larkin skated directly to the bench and was in obvious pain before going to the locker room. Larkin did not return to the game, after playing seven shifts for a total of 3 minutes 42 seconds.
There was no immediate update on Larkin’s status from Team USA. Red Wings and Team USA coach Jeff Blashill was expected to address the media in Slovakia after the game.
Tuesday's game concluded the preliminary round at the tournament.
Team USA (5-2-0), which finished fourth in Group A, plays Russia (7-0-0), the Group B winner, in a quarterfinal game Thursday.
Starting with the quarterfinals, the tournament is a single-elimination format.
Red Wings forward Anthony continued his torrid play at the tournament, setting up linemate Kyle Turris with Canada’s second goal in the first period.
Mantha is Canada’s leading scorer with 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in seven games, and with Turris and Jared McCann, has been one of the most explosive offensive lines in the tournament.
Canada (6-1-0), which won Group A, will play Switzerland (4-3-0), the fourth place team in Group B, Thursday in a quarterfinal.