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Maple Leafs fire Randy Carlyle as coach

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 11:48 AM / News

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

Randy Carlyle paid the price for the inconsistencies of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The coach was fired Tuesday because of the inability to get his team to play in a consistent manner through the first three months of the season, according to David Nonis, the team's senior vice president and general manager.

"One of the things you have all heard me say since training camp is we felt we need to see some level of consistency, and I think we would all agree we've shown some good stretches, but I don't think I can stand in front of you and say we have been consistent," Nonis said at a Tuesday morning press conference. "We just felt that at this point that this was the right time to make the change and move ahead and try to get this team playing like we have been during periods of this season."

Assistant coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will handle the coaching duties when the Maple Leafs host the Washington Capitals on Wednesday at the Air Canada Center.

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Rangers assign forward Duclair to junior team

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 10:22 AM / News

NHL.com

The New York Rangers on Tuesday assigned forward Anthony Duclair to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Duclair comes off a World Junior Championship tournament in which he had four goals, eight points and a plus-11 rating as Canada won the gold medal.

The 19-year-old had one goal and seven points in 18 games for the Rangers. He was a third-round pick (No. 80) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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McDavid, Eichel add to reputations at World Juniors

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 9:30 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The border battle between forwards Connor McDavid of Canada and Jack Eichel of the United States, the projected top two picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, never fully materialized at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Still, each player certainly had his fair share of highlight-reel moments.

In the end, McDavid added a WJC gold medal to his trophy case while Eichel went home empty-handed for a second straight year in what will likely be the final opportunity for each player at the tournament designed for the best junior-aged players in the world.

Each player is expected to be making contributions in the NHL in 2015-16.

"I think the team picking first [at the NHL Draft] needs to give equal consideration to each of them," NHL Network analyst Craig Button said. "Neither one of them has given me any reason to change that outlook."

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NHL.com's 2015 World Juniors All-Tournament Team

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 9:06 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- There were plenty of magical moments to share and players to praise during the 11-day journey to crown gold medalist Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

When Canadian fans weren't rooting for the host nation, their allegiance shifted to the darlings from Denmark. The Danes gave us one of the more memorable locker room celebrations at the WJC when, after a 4-3 shootout victory against Switzerland on Dec. 30 to earn a berth into the playoff round, they huddled, jumped and sang behind closed doors and were deemed hockey heroes in their country.

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Bruins recall Czech forward Pastrnak

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 8:43 AM / News

NHL.com

Forward David Pastrnak was recalled by the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Pastrnak, who was playing for the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League), was on temporary duty with the Czech Republic's Under-20 team, playing in the IIHF World Junior Championship. He had one goal and six assists to lead the Czechs in scoring in their run to a loss in the quarterfinals.

Pastrnak will practice with Boston on Tuesday and be available for the game Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TVA).

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Five Questions: Voracek developing into elite scorer

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek:

Bring up his spot atop the League leaders in points this season and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek will smile and laugh as he delivers a one-word retort.

"Lucky."

Voracek says lucky, but does he feel he belongs in the discussion for the top players in the NHL now that he has 48 points in 39 games, one more point in one more game than Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin?

"It's [39] games," Voracek said before he had an assist in the Flyers' 5-2 loss Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. "I mean, listen, the guys that are on top, they do that for 10 years. Right now I'm focused on trying to get on a winning streak as a team because the team makes the player."

But how has this particular player all of a sudden become one of the best scorers in the NHL? Voracek, always affable and engaging, tried to provide some reasons.

Here are Five Questions with…Jakub Voracek:

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Canada holds off Russia to win gold at WJC

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 12:53 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Canada and Russia scripted yet another wild and unexpected chapter in their storied rivalry before a packed house at Air Canada Centre in the gold-medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Monday.

The Canadians triggered a celebration five years in the making following a 5-4 victory to earn its 16th gold medal in the country's history and first since 2009 at this tournament.

After spotting Canada a four-goal lead, Russia pulled within one with three unanswered goals in a span of 3:16 in the second period.

But Canada would not be denied.

"To be on top with the gold medal is absolutely amazing; it's something I've always dreamed of," Canada defenseman Josh Morrissey said. "There were some pretty tense moments for the fans and I'm sure for the viewers at home. It was one of the more crazy games I've ever been a part of, but that's junior hockey.

"It's so exciting. [Coach Benoit Groulx] was able to calm us down and we did our job after that."

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Canada's Fucale comes up big in third to win gold

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 12:22 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- History will show Canada goalie Zachary Fucale shut the door on Russia in a 5-4 win in the gold-medal game of the IIHF World Junior Championship at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Fucale made 11 saves in the third period to help Canada protect a one-goal lead. Overall, Russia out-shot Canada 30-21.

But the Montreal Canadiens' prospect opted to share the credit.

"I am pretty happy we were here in Canada with our fans," Fucale said. "You guys don't know how much the fans helped us. From the start of the tournament until now, they supported us and we owe them a huge thank you for that."

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Around the League notebook for Monday, Jan. 5

Monday, 01.05.2015 / 11:47 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

With the score tied at 2-2, Marc-Edouard Vlasic (1-0-1) scored with 4.5 seconds left in regulation ( WATCH) to propel the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. San Jose improved to 21-14-5 (47 points) this season to move into a tie with Winnipeg, the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks for fifth in Western Conference standings points.

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the game-winner is the second latest game-winning goal in Sharks history; the latest was when Jonathan Cheechoo scored with four seconds remaining in regulation on Oct. 28, 2005 in a 5-4 victory against Los Angeles.

* Vlasic's marker is his fifth goal and second game-winning goal of the season. His first came on Oct. 11, 2014 in a 3-0 win against the Jets.

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Slovakia defeats Sweden to take bronze medal at WJC

Monday, 01.05.2015 / 7:28 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Slovakia won its second-ever medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship with a 4-2 victory against Sweden in the bronze-medal game at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Slovakia also won a bronze medal in 1999.

Each team managed 28 shots on goal, but it was Slovakian goaltender Denis Godla, as he has done so often during the WJC, who stole the spotlight. Undrafted last year, Godla is eligible for 2015 NHL Draft.

Speaking through an interpreter, Godka said winning the bronze medal didn't mean as much to him personally as it does to hockey in Slovakia.

"It is a wonderful feeling," Godka said. "It is almost indescribable for all Slovakians. The Swedish team seemed to be disappointed from losing Sunday (4-1 against Russia) and we wanted to win more than they did."

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