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Slovakia shuts out rival Czech Republic at WJC

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 10:50 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Slovakia picked an opportune moment at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship to finally get the better of its historical rivals.

Goaltender Denis Godla made 34 saves to send Slovakia to a 3-0 shutout win against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the WJC at Bell Centre on Friday.

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Penguins acquire Perron to boost top-six group

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 7:03 PM / NHL Insider

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has been attempting to acquire a top-six forward since the first month of the season. He found one in David Perron.

The Penguins traded forward Rob Klinkhammer and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday to the Edmonton Oilers for Perron, who led Edmonton with 28 goals last season. Perron will enter Pittsburgh's top-six forward group, which has been decimated by injury and illness the past two months.

"We were finally in position so that we could find a guy who could come in, help our forwards, give us more depth up front," Rutherford said. "He can play both wings comfortably. He's a right shot. He likes to play the left side, but based on our injury situation, we suspect he would start on the right side with us until we get our full team back, but we're very pleased we could make this addition today."

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Arizona Coyotes introduce Barroway as owner

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 6:22 PM / News

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew Barroway's lifelong attraction to hockey began as a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers' "Broad Street Bullies" of the 1970s.

On Dec. 31, the NHL Board of Governors approved Barroway's purchase of a majority stake (51 percent) in the Arizona Coyotes, two days after they defeated the Flyers 4-2.

"My first game here was against the Flyers. Even though they were my team, I couldn't have been happier beating them," said Barroway, who was introduced as majority owner, chairman and governor of the Coyotes on Friday at Gila River Arena. "It was awesome. It was an easy transition and I have become a fan immediately.

"We want to build for the future here. We think there is tremendous opportunity and tremendous upside to this organization."

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U.S. fails to medal for second straight year at WJC

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 6:16 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Jack Eichel and the United States were eliminated from the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Friday, marking the second straight year that they will not be competing for a medal at the tournament. 

The United States lost 3-2 against Russia in their quarterfinal game at Bell Centre. Russia won 5-3 in a 2014 WJC quarterfinal against the U.S., which won gold in 2012, but will not play for a medal for the third time in four years.

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Blackhawks recall forward Teravainen from AHL

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 5:49 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have recalled forward Teuvo Teravainen from the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Teravainen, 20, ranks second on the IceHogs with 23 points (6G, 17A) and 92 shots on goal in 33 games this year. The Helsinki, Finland, native recorded his first career three-point outing (1G, 2A) on Dec. 28 vs. the Chicago Wolves and now has 10 points (3G, 7A) in his last 13 contests. Chicago’s first-round pick (18th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft tallied four shots on goal in three regular-season tilts with the Blackhawks last year; he made his NHL debut on March 25, 2014, vs. the Dallas Stars.

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Sweden powers past Finland to reach semis at WJC

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 5:48 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO – Sweden used a three-goal third period to defeat Finland 6-3 at Air Canada Centre on Friday in a quarterfinal game of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Sweden was 3-for-5 on the power play, scoring twice while Finland was two men short, and also killed off a four-minute penalty in the third period while leading by one goal.

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Russia eliminates United States at World Juniors

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 3:44 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL – Russia coach Valeri Bragin knew no one expected his team to defeat the United States in the quarterfinals of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on Friday.

In fact, he felt that assessment was pretty accurate.

In spite of those long odds, Russia advanced to the semifinals of the 2015 WJC for a second straight year at the expense of the U.S., winning 3-2 behind 39 saves from goaltender Igor Shesterkin (New York Rangers).

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Penguins acquire Perron from Oilers for Klinkhammer

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 3:22 PM / News

NHL.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired forward David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers on Friday in exchange for forward Rob Klinkhammer and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Perron, 26, has five goals and 19 points in 38 games, one season after he set career highs with 28 goals, 57 points and eight power-play goals. The 26th pick in the 2007 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues, he has 117 goals and 274 points in 456 games with the Blues and Oilers.

"It's always hard leaving a place where you're emotionally involved, no matter how tough the situation was here. Once you look past that, there's not many better opportunities to go to and I'm really excited about that," Perron said.

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Getzlaf, Kane, Bobrovsky named three stars of month

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 2:08 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORKAnaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of December.

FIRST STAR – RYAN GETZLAF, C, ANAHEIM DUCKS

Getzlaf led all players with 20 points and 15 assists to power the Ducks (24-9-6, 54 points) to a 10-3-1 December and the top spot in the NHL standings. He registered points in 12 of 14 contests, highlighted by seven multi-point performances. That included an eight-game point streak from Dec. 12-28 (4-9—13), his eighth career run of at least eight games. Getzlaf's 20 December points were the most by a Ducks player in any calendar month since March 2011, when he also posted 20 (2-18—20). His total also set a franchise record for points in December, breaking the previous mark of 19 established by Paul Kariya in 1996 and matched by Teemu Selanne in 2006. The 29-year-old Regina, Sask., native has 12-30—42 in 38 games this season, ranking fourth in the NHL in points and sharing second in assists.

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Islanders' Pulock asserting himself offensively in AHL

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 12:16 PM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to NHL.com

Three months past his 20th birthday, Ryan Pulock is the youngest member of an already youthful Bridgeport Sound Tigers defensive corps.

Selected No. 15 by the New York Islanders at the 2013 NHL Draft, the Manitoba native came with a warning label: Highly offensive.

"You could see the potential [and] the upside," Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson said of Pulock prior to his arrival in Bridgeport. "And you definitely can see his shot and the weapon that it is."

Over four seasons with Brandon in the Western Hockey League, Pulock scored 210 points in 261 regular-season games and 15 points in 24 playoff games. He finished among the Wheat Kings' top 10 scorers all four years, concluding his final season in Brandon 19 points ahead of the Wheat Kings' next-best defenseman.

Now in his rookie season in the American Hockey League, Pulock is adjusting to the new demands of professional hockey.

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