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Canada pursuing history as World quarterfinals begin

Wednesday, 05.21.2014 / 3:27 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Canada has a chance to make history at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

In one of four quarterfinal games to be played Thursday, Canada will face Finland (1 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN) as it continues its attempt to become the second team to win Olympic and World Championship gold in the same season. The only country to do it was Sweden in 2006.

Canada went 5-1-1 in the preliminary round to win Group A and their 28 goals are the second-most in the tournament. It's a balanced offensive attack that featured six players to have scored at least two goals. Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward and forward Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres tied for the team lead with six goals, and Ward's team-best nine points are one more than Hodgson.

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Jets' Trouba leaves Worlds due to mild neck strain

Wednesday, 05.21.2014 / 12:40 PM / News

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Jacob Trouba's stint with the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Championship is over due to a mild neck strain, but the Winnipeg Jets said Wednesday the defenseman is expected to be fine for the 2014-15 NHL season.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff issued the following statement on Trouba:

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Lightning sign Blujus to entry-level contract

Wednesday, 05.21.2014 / 10:54 AM / News

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Defenseman Dylan Blujus signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Canada finishes atop group at Worlds; U.S. also wins

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 5:26 PM / News

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Washington Capitals right wing Joel Ward scored his second power-play goal with 9:17 remaining in the third period to help rally Canada to a 3-2 victory against Norway in the final game of preliminary-round action at the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Chizhovka Arena in Belarus on Tuesday.

The victory enabled Canada (6-1, 18 points) to claim the top seed in the eight-team Group A field. Canada will face Finland in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The win also assures Canada will not have to face unbeaten Russia unless both teams advance to the gold-medal game on Sunday.

Canada, which outshot the Norwegians 42-16, also received a goal by Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg Jets), and James Reimer (Toronto Maple Leafs) made 14 saves.

"It was a long game but we weren't down and out or anything," Ward told the IIHF website. "We felt good about ourselves. We had a lot of chances, a lot of shots. We had some power plays. We just got to capitalize on special teams."

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Former Sabres star Satan announces retirement

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 4:12 PM / News

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Slovakian right wing Miroslav Satan, a Stanley Cup champion and two-time NHL All-Star, has announced his retirement from hockey.

Satan, 39, made the announcement Tuesday after his final game for Slovakia, a 4-3 victory against Denmark in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. He finished the tournament with one goal, three points and a plus-1 rating averaging 20:10 of ice time.

"I hardly believe it, but I am not going to change my word. I am convinced that this is the right decision (to quit)," Satan told reporters in Minsk. "My daughter (Victoria) asks me every day, when I will be finally back at home. And (if I continued), I would only foil the average age of the team (Slovakia) that seems to be on the right track."

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Owner Jacobs believes Bruins are Cup contenders

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 2:50 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- After the Boston Bruins failed to defend their 2011 Stanley Cup championship and lost in seven games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal to the Washington Capitals in 2012, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said the Cup was now on loan until his team could bring it back to Boston.

Jacobs didn't expect he would have to wait long.

But the Bruins' loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round this season extended the loan period to three years. The Bruins took a couple of steps back, winning one Stanley Cup Playoff round a year after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

Addressing the media Tuesday, Jacobs reaffirmed his faith in Boston's management group, led by president Cam Neely and general manager Peter Chiarelli.

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Benning expected to be named Canucks GM: report

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 2:14 PM / News

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The Vancouver Canucks are expected to name Jim Benning their general manager later this week, according to a report by TSN's Darren Dreger.

Benning, 51, serves as assistant GM of the Boston Bruins, a position he has held since 2006. He won the Stanley Cup with them in 2011.

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Canucks sign Cederholm to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 1:37 PM / News

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The Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday signed defenseman Anton Cederholm to an entry-level contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Cederholm, 19, was a fifth-round pick (No. 145) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He spent this season with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, scoring four goals and 16 points with 95 penalty minutes in 71 regular-season games. He added two goals, five points and 16 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games, helping Portland advance to the WHL Championship.

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Ovechkin to be 'completely healthy' by camp: Capitals

Monday, 05.19.2014 / 7:55 PM / News

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Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin did not sustain any torn ligaments in his right knee when he was injured Sunday while playing for Russia at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

Andrei Safronov, Russia's general manager, told reporters in Belarus on Monday that an MRI showed Ovechkin's injury is not as severe as initially feared.

"He's OK at the moment," Safronov said. "There's some pain, but he's working with the doctors."

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Da Costa scores two, France reaches World quarters

Monday, 05.19.2014 / 4:27 PM / News

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Ottawa Senators center Stephane Da Costa had two goals and two assists during a four-goal third period to lead France to a 6-2 victory against Denmark in preliminary-round play of the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Chizhovka Arena in Belarus.

The victory enabled France to advance to the quarterfinal round of the World Championship for the first time since 1995. Left wing Antoine Roussel (Dallas Stars) had a goal and three assists, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had a goal and two assists in the win.

"This is huge for French hockey," France coach Dave Henderson told the IIHF website. "It's been a long time since it last happened. I'm totally happy with the team."

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