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Lightning recall goalie Vasilevskiy from AHL

Tuesday, 12.30.2014 / 10:30 AM / News

TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Vasilevskiy, 20, has appeared in three games with the Lightning this season, posting a record of 2-1-0 to go along with a 2.01 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage. He earned his first NHL victory on December 16 at Philadelphia in his NHL debut, making 23 saves on 24 shots. Vasilevskiy became the third goalie in Lightning history to post a victory in his NHL debut. He set a new Lightning rookie record for saves in a game by making 45 on December 20 against the New York Islanders.

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Around the League notebook for Monday, Dec. 29

Tuesday, 12.30.2014 / 9:18 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

CLOSE GAMES, RALLIES HIGHLIGHT MONDAY’S ACTION

Of the 12 games contested Monday:

* Eight were tied or within one goal to start the third period (DET-BOS, PIT-NJD, BUF-OTT, TOR-TBL, MIN-WPG, NSH-CHI, NYR-DAL, LAK-CGY).

* Six teams overcame a deficit of any kind to win, including three clubs that rallied from multi-goal deficits to earn victories (Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1 deficit; Minnesota Wild, 2-0 deficit; Chicago Blackhawks, 3-0 deficit). In addition, the Washington Capitals erased a 3-0 third-period deficit before losing in overtime.

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Oilers acquire Roy from Predators for Arcobello

Monday, 12.29.2014 / 6:07 PM / News

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have acquired centre Derek Roy from the Nashville Predators, in exchange for centre Mark Arcobello.

Roy, 31, has appeared in 26 games for the Predators this season, posting 10 points (1G, 9A) and two penalty minutes.

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Kings' Voynov pleads not guilty at arraignment

Monday, 12.29.2014 / 2:48 PM / News

NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic violence charge Monday at his arraignment hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court in Torrance, Calif.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28. The jury trial has been set for March 2.

Two weeks ago, at the initial arraignment hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Hector M. Guzman ruled there was enough evidence presented to warrant Voynov to stand trial.

Voynov faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison if convicted, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

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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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