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Oilers claim Fraser off waivers from Bruins

Monday, 12.29.2014 / 12:16 PM / News

EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have claimed winger Matt Fraser off waivers from the Boston Bruins and have placed forward Steve Pinizzotto on waivers.

Fraser, 24, has registered three goals and seven penalty minutes in 24 games with the Boston Bruins this season.

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Gaudreau, Wilson, Gagner named 'Three Stars'

Monday, 12.29.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKCalgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson and Arizona Coyotes center Sam Gagner have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 28.

FIRST STAR – JOHNNY GAUDREAU, LW, CALGARY FLAMES

Gaudreau led the NHL with five goals (5-0—5) and shared the League lead with a +5 rating to power the Flames (19-15-3, 41 points) to a pair of wins. He opened the week by recording a natural hat trick, his first career three-goal game, in a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Los Angeles Kings Dec. 22. At 21 years, 131 days, he became the youngest Flames player to post a hat trick since Dec. 28, 1987 (Joe Nieuwendyk). Gaudreau then added two goals, including the game-winning marker, in a 4-1 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers Dec. 27. The 21-year-old Salem, N.J., native and reigning Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner ranks second among rookies in goals (12), assists (17) and points (29) in 36 games this season. A fourth-round selection (104th overall) by the Flames in the 2011 NHL Draft, Gaudreau made his NHL debut on April 13 in Vancouver, scoring his first goal on his first career shot.

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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Dec. 28

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 11:47 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

PANTHERS STAGE THIRD-PERIOD COMEBACK

After falling behind 4-2 during a six-goal second-period, the Florida Panthers scored four unanswered goals in the final period, including Brad Boyes’ game-winner with 3:15 remaining, to win their fourth consecutive home game and improve to 6-0-1 in their past seven at BB&T Center.

* The Panthers (16-9-8, 40 points) have reached 40 points through 33 games for the fifth time in franchise history (1995-96: 48 pts.; 1996-97: 45 pts.; 1999-2000: 43 pts.; 2011-12: 42 pts.); they are fifth in the Atlantic Division and sit two points behind the Washington Capitals (18-11-6, 42 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

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Bruins recall Caron, place Fraser on waivers

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 2:56 PM / News

BostonBruins.com

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, December 28, that the club has recalled Jordan Caron from Providence and placed forward Matt Fraser on waivers. Caron joined the Bruins for the team's practice at TD Garden on Sunday.

Caron has skated in two games this season for Boston. In total, the 24-year-old has competed in 125 games for the Bruins, notching 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. Caron has also skated in nine NHL postseason games for Boston, where he has tallied one goal.

The forward has played in 23 games for the Providence this year, racking up nine goals (second on the team) and 10 assists for 19 points (third on the team) with a plus-three rating. In his AHL career, Caron has skated in 134 games with Providence, posting 36 goals and 42 assists.

The 6’3”, 204-pound Sayabec, Quebec native was drafted by the Bruins in the first round (25th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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Jordan Staal to return to Hurricanes lineup Monday

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 2:26 PM / News

NHL.com

Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal will make his season debut Monday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Staal missed Carolina's first 35 games because of a broken bone in his right leg sustained in a preseason game.

"I've been getting a little anxious the last few weeks, and I'm feeling comfortable on the ice," Staal told the Hurricanes website. "I'm just getting back to the speed of things."

Staal returned to the ice Dec. 6 to test the feeling in his ankle and leg before traveling and skating with the Hurricanes on a regular basis.

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Islanders activate goalie Halak off injured reserve

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 1:12 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak returned to practice Sunday after being activated off injured reserve.

Halak was placed on IR on Saturday, retroactive to Dec. 20, with a lower-body injury. He is 18-6-0 with a 2.24 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and three shutouts.

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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Dec. 27

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 10:34 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

STEPAN'S HAT TRICK POWERS RANGERS TO EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN

Derek Stepan scored a shorthanded goal, power-play goal and an even strength goal for his third career hat trick to power the New York Rangers to their eighth consecutive victory. Per Elias, Stepan is the first Rangers player to score three such goals in one game since Brendan Shanahan on Dec. 3, 2006 against the New York Islanders.

* Stepan is the second Rangers player in as many games to have a hat trick, following Rick Nash on Tuesday against the Washington Capitals. Per Elias, the last time the Rangers had a hat trick in two consecutive games was Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, 1994 (Mike Gartner vs. PIT; Adam Graves vs. NYI).

* Stepan has four goals and eight points on his five-game point streak and ranks fourth on the Rangers with 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 21 games this season.

* The Rangers have won eight consecutive games for the first time since an equal stretch from Dec. 27, 1974 to Jan. 11, 1975.

* In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 12 straight games against Metropolitan Division opponents (11-0-1). Elias says this marks the first time the Rangers have earned a point in 12 straight divisional matchups since the NHL adopted the four-division format in 1974-75.

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Rogers Hometown Hockey celebrates Peterborough

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / News

NHL.com

Prior to the telecast Sunday of the Vancouver Canucks and the Anaheim Ducks on CITY in Canada, the NHL Network in the United States will televise the "Rogers Hometown Hockey" broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET. This week's location is Peterborough, Ontario, to celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

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Slovakia upsets defending champion Finland at WJC

Saturday, 12.27.2014 / 7:49 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Slovakia goaltender Denis Godla made headlines Saturday for the right reasons.

One day after being pulled from an 8-0 loss to Canada, Godla was the central figure in Slovakia's 2-1 upset of defending champion Finland in Group A play at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship at Bell Centre.

Godla made 37 saves and captain Martin Reway (Montreal Canadiens) set up goals by Peter Chlarik (Boston Bruins) and Matus Holenda for Slovakia (1-0-0-1, three points) to put Finland in a difficult spot in the group standings.

It was Slovakia's first win against a traditional hockey power at this tournament since a 3-2 overtime victory in the preliminary round of the 2009 championship held in Ottawa.


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Devils name Oates, Stevens to replace DeBoer

Saturday, 12.27.2014 / 2:46 PM / News

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

NEWARK, N.J. -- Scott Stevens and Adam Oates will combine to replace Peter DeBoer as coach of the New Jersey Devils, president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said Saturday morning.

With that unique announcement, the Devils entered uncharted territory as they try to navigate back into the hunt for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is the first time in franchise history, and perhaps the first time in the history of the NHL, that a team has employed co-coaches.

In fact, for a short period, the Devils will have three coaches. Lamoriello said he is putting himself behind the bench for a limited period to supervise and get a better read on his players and the makeup of the team. He will step away from the bench as soon as he is comfortable with how the new process is working.

"I tried to come up with what, in my opinion, was the best way to get our team to do certain things and get the most out of the personnel we have," said Lamoriello, who fired DeBoer on Friday, the final day of the League's three-day Christmas break.

The three-headed coaching entity will make its debut Saturday when the Devils play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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I was going nuts and I saw [Subban], he was going crazy, and the ref had no idea where to go. [Subban] was skating to me, and I was skating to him and the ref was right in between us and I don't know, I kind of hit him pretty hard, I thought, but those were some emotions and I'm pretty sure he understands that.

— Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk on the celebration following his OT goal against Ottawa in Game 2