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Around the League notebook for Sunday, Dec. 28

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 11:47 PM / News

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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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Russia tops Switzerland to remain unbeaten at WJC

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 8:55 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

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Goaltender Igor Shestyorkin made 32 saves to help Russia to a 7-0 shutout win against Switzerland at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Sunday in a preliminary-round game of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Russia (1-1-0-0) moved into second place with five points in Group B and trails Sweden by one point. Switzerland (1-0-0-1) dropped to third place in the group.

Shestyorkin (New York Rangers) was impressive in his first start of the tournament, holding his ground when Russia was outshot 14-4 in the second period.

Russian forward Pavel Buchnevich (Rangers) had one goal and two assists. Forwards Ivan Barbashev (St. Louis Blues) and Vladislav Kamenev (Nashville Predators) each had two points.

"It was a pretty tough game for us," Barbashev said, according to the IIHF website. "In the first period, we played really well. In the second period, we let up and took too many penalties, but we did a good job on penalty-killing. In the third, we played like in the first."

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Domi using childhood advice for Canada at WJC

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 4:48 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Max Domi is putting into practice for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship advice he got as a youngster from family friends Mario Lemieux and Mats Sundin to shoot the puck whenever the opportunity is there.

Domi (Arizona Coyotes), the son of Tie Domi, scored for a second straight game at Bell Centre on Saturday and Canada recorded its second shutout win in two days with a 4-0 victory against Germany.

There really wasn't any question about him shooting when he put Canada up by three at 9:14 of the third period; the 19-year-old forward joyfully stuck out his tongue to celebrate after he scored on a back-door tap in off a no-look backhand pass from Sam Reinhart (Buffalo Sabres).

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Bruins recall Caron, place Fraser on waivers

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 2:56 PM / News

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Year in review: Top 14 hockey moments in '14

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Every year is filled with great games and great performances, but there are certain moments that stand out.

These moments can give fans goose bumps, or make them cheer and scream as loud as they can or even elicit tears. Whether it is a point in a game where the electricity of the sport wows everyone, or communal support in a time of tragedy, hockey brings people together.

Here are the top 14 hockey moments of 2014:

January 1: A sea of blue (and red) at the Big House

The anticipation for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic centered largely on the venue. The NHL was going to play at Michigan Stadium, and a crowd of more than 100,000 was expected.

As the players stood and waited for the national anthems to be completed, the full scope of the spectacle set in. A record number of fans, half dressed in red for the Detroit Red Wings and half in blue for the Toronto Maple Leafs, sang the anthems and created a college-football like atmosphere as the snow fell in Ann Arbor. The Maple Leafs won in a shootout, and the images from the largest crowd to ever watch an NHL game were spectacular.

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Devils focus on positives of unique coaching trio

Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 12:37 AM / NHL Insider

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Game 1 under the New Jersey Devils' coaching triumvirate is in the books, and it yielded similar results to the previous 36 games played under former coach Peter DeBoer.

One day after firing DeBoer, Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello unveiled his three-man operation Saturday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Adam Oates and Scott Stevens were added to the coaching staff to work behind the bench with Lamoriello, who is in a supervisory role for an undetermined about of time.

Although the tune was familiar, a 3-1 loss that dropped the Devils (12-18-7) to second-to-last in the Eastern Conference and 11 points out of the second wild-card spot, the vibe on the bench was positive.

"First of all, it was interesting watching and listening and seeing what was transpiring," Lamoriello said. "I thought it was extremely positive. The bench was extremely alive. We never got overly frustrated at any given time."

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