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Posted On Friday, 01.04.2013 / 9:15 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canadian defenseman Reinhart banned four games

Canadian National Junior Team defenseman Griffin Reinhart on Friday was given a four-game suspension by the International Ice Hockey Federation for an incident that occurred Thursday during a semifinal game against the United States.

Reinhart, who will miss Canada's bronze-medal game against Russia on Saturday at 4 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, TSN) in Ufa, Russia, was assessed the stiff penalty for an infraction at 14:21 of the second period in his team's 5-1 loss to the Americans.

Reinhart had one assist and took three shots in five tournament games.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 4:47 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Brodeur making name for himself at Shattuck

One name that is sure to arouse the curiosity of scouts and general managers when the 2013 NHL Draft is staged at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., is Anthony Brodeur of Shattuck St. Mary's Prep in Minnesota.

Brodeur, who just so happens to be the son of New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, is currently a C ranked goalie on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary list for high school players in the Gopher State.

Wednesday, Brodeur had one of his top three outings of the season with 27 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic National Under-17 team in the gold-medal game of the World Sport School Challenge tournament at Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

The victory marked the second straight gold for the Minnesota prep school at the tournament.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 12:00 PM

By NHL Green -  /NHL.com - NHL Green Slapshots™

Islanders continue support for community after Sandy

The New York Islanders, through a long-standing partnership with the American Red Cross, remain committed to assisting Long Islanders affected by Superstorm Sandy. After the storm devastated much of the tri-state area, the Islanders put all their resources into fundraising efforts for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to help victims and their local environment.

Superstorm Sandy plowed through the United States at the end of October, forcing families to live without basic necessities and leaving many unsure of what their lives would be like in the near future. In addition, lands throughout New York, New Jersey and the surrounding areas experienced significant damage.

According to environmental advocacy group Riverkeeper, the damage caused by Sandy was "unprecedented." Toxic chemicals spilled into New York's Harbor due to the storm surge, as did contaminants from subways and commercial structures. Because the pollution came from multiple sources, the clean-up has been challenging.

Many residents continue to struggle with restoration efforts of their homes, businesses and communities, especially due to environmental health and safety concerns.

In November, the Islanders held an open-skate fundraiser called “Hockey with a Heart” to support their community in rebuilding. The Islanders and SMG (the arena management company) opened Nassau Coliseum’s doors and invited all area residents to join them for a day on the ice, free of charge. Over 2,000 people attended and many brought monetary donations, in addition to non-perishable food donations. All concession proceeds went directly to those in need.

Through the efforts of fans and members of the community, along with employees of the New York Islanders, SMG and the Coliseum’s concessionaire SAVOR, the Club collected over 5,200 pounds of food, $5,754 dollars and an overwhelming amount of clothing, weighing over 13,000 pounds, filling two 24-foot box trucks.

After the open skate fundraiser, the Islanders organized a unique online auction, where people from around the world came together to bid on special sports memorabilia and entertainment experiences. The “Hockey with a Heart” auction featured items donated by metropolitan area sports teams, organizations and individuals and raised $22,317 in total for storm victims.

Combined, these two major fundraisers collected $28,071 that went directly to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to assist those affected by the storm.

To donate to the American Red Cross, visit Redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Click here to watch the Red Cross PSA.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 10:14 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Grigorenko goal forces OT between Russia, Sweden

Mikhail Grigorenko scored 7:56 into the third period and Russia has rallied for a 2-2 tie with defending champion Sweden through regulation play in the semifinal round of the 2013 World Junior Championship.

The teams will now enter a 10-minute overtime. If no winner is determined, the teams will enter a shootout to determine a winner.

Girgorenko pulled Russia into a 2-2 tie to the delight of the hometown faithful at Ufa Area when he poked a loose puck over the left pad of Swedish goalie Niklas Lundstrom. As they have done all tournament, Grigorenko and linemate Nikita Kucherov made the play happen with tremendous work in the Sweden end and in front of Lundstrom.

Lundstrom made a great save on Edmonton Oilers No. 1 pick Nail Yakupov with 4:35 remaining in the third when the Russian captain skated into the slot and launched a quick backhand attempt denied by the Swedish goalie.

The winner advances to the gold medal game on Saturday against the United States, a 5-1 victor over Canada in the other semifinal-round match at Ufa Arena. The game is set for 8 a.m. (NHLN-US, TSN) at Ufa Arena.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 9:32 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Russia scores, but trails Sweden after two periods

Russia finally picked up its game in the second period to pull to within 2-1 against Sweden in their semifinal match at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

The Russians pulled to within a goal of Sweden when defenseman Andrei Mironov scored his first of the tournament off a blast from the top of right circle at the 7:32 mark. The goal by Mironov, assisted by Nail Yakupov and Kirill Kapustin, was just the fourth shot of the game for Russia.

The goal certainly ignited the host country at Ufa Arena, however, as it began to dictate much of the play from that point. Sweden has out-shot Russia 25-12 through two periods.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 8:42 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Sweden leads Russia 2-0 after one period

Defending champion Sweden built a 2-0 first-period lead on host Russia in their semifinal matchup.

Sweden opened a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Elias Lindholm at the 6:35 mark. Lindholm took a pass from Victor Rask right in front of Russian goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy before sliding a backhand shot into the net.

The Swedes made it 2-0 at 9:38 when captain Filip Forsberg ripped a shot from between the circles that beat Vasilevskiy top shelf on the glove side.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 8:18 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Finland, Slovakia win in relegation pool

Aleksander Barkov and Ville Pokka scored two goals each, and Markus Granlund had a goal and three assists as Finland started play in the relegation round with an 8-0 win against Germany on Thursday.

Joel Armia had a goal and two assists, and Miikka Salomaki and Artturi Lehkonen also had goals, and Janne Juvonen stopped all 15 shots as Finland outshot Germany 56-15.

Finland led 3-0 after two periods but blew the game open with five goals in third. Salomaki and Pokka scored in the first five minutes, and then Barkov, Pokka and Armia scored in a 2:30 span in the game's final minutes.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 8:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Russia and Sweden set for title-game rematch

Russia and Sweden are prepared to drop the puck in the semifinals of the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship on Thursday in Ufa, Russia.

The game is a rematch of last year's gold-medal game, a 1-0 overtime win by Sweden. The winner will advance to this year's gold-medal game Saturday (8 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN) against the United States, a 5-1 winner against Canada in the other semifinal.

The fact Sweden has been able to advance this far in the tournament is a story in itself when you consider the team lost three key defensemen to injury before the tournament even began -- Oscar Klefbom (shoulder), Jonas Brodin (clavicle) and Hampus Lindholm (concussion).

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 6:24 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. tops Canada, advances to gold-medal game

Early offense and an outstanding goaltending exhibition late by John Gibson allowed the United States to skate away with a 5-1 win against Canada in the first semifinal at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

John Gaudreau scored his second goal of the game with 4:19 left in the third period, and Gibson was at the top of his game as the United States advanced to the gold-medal game for the first time since the 2010 WJC in Saskatoon. They now await the winner of the second semifinal, between Sweden and Russia, in Saturday's championship game (8 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN).

Jake McCabe had a pair of goals and an assist, and Jimmy Vesey also had a goal and an assist for the United States.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 5:36 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

U.S. rolling, leads Canada 4-0 after two periods

Despite playing their sixth game in eight days -- and third set of back-to-back games -- the United States remained the faster, more aggressive team and took a 4-0 lead after two periods in their semifinal game against Canada.

John Gaudreau and Jimmy Vesey scored as the United States extended its lead and moved within 20 minutes of playing for the gold medal.

Gaudreau, the hottest American player, scored his sixth goal in the last three games at 2:58 of the period. Gaudreau carried the puck out of his end and crossed the Canada blue line. He dragged the puck around Canada defenseman Ryan Murphy, using him as a screen, and fired a shot that beat Canada goalie Malcolm Subban.

Vesey made it 4-0 at 12:24 when he took a pass from Gaudreau, stepped around Canada's Xavier Ouellet and beat Subban to the far side, over his blocker.

That marked the end of Subban's game, as he was replaced by Jordan Binnington for the first time in the tournament.

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