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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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Flames' Gaudreau named rookie of the month

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, who led all rookies with eight goals and 13 points in 14 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for December.

Gaudreau edged Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (4-8—12 in 13 GP), Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (5-2-0, 2.14 GAA, .927 SV%), Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (3-6—9 in 14 GP), Ottawa Senators left wing Mike Hoffman (4-4—8 in 13 GP) and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta (5-0-0, 1.57 GAA, .949 SV%, 1 SO) for the honor.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Jan. 1

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 8:05 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

BROUWER GOAL CREATES CLASSIC WIN FOR CAPITALS

Troy Brouwer scored a power-play goal with 12.9 seconds left in regulation to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic before 42,832 fans at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Re-live all the events from the day through NHL.com's extensive Winter Classic coverage.

KINGS STAGE RALLY TO OVERTAKE CANUCKS IN PACIFIC DIVISION STANDINGS

Facing a 2-0 deficit, the Los Angeles Kings scored three consecutive goals including two within 53 seconds late in the third period en route to a 3-2 regulation victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The Kings improved to 19-12-8 (46 points) this season, leapfrogging the Canucks, the Calgary Flames and the San Jose Sharks to take sole possession of second in the Pacific Division standings.

* Jarret Stoll (1-0—1) scored the game-winner with his fourth goal of the season. The goal is Stoll's second game-winner of the season; his first came Nov. 15 in a 3-2 overtime win versus the Anaheim Ducks.

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Super 16: Some surprising numbers from 2014

Friday, 01.02.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

It would be pretty hard to not look back on 2014 and consider it a momentous one for hockey.

The Stanley Cup went to the same team that won it two years prior, but the Los Angeles Kings took about as different a route to a championship the second time around as they could.

When the Kings lost for the third time in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, they were leading the Final 3-0. When they lost for the third time in 2014, they had yet to win once. They proceeded to lose three times to each of their three opponents from the Western Conference, staging three incredible postseason series before besting the New York Rangers in five games.

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Oilers' Aulie suspended two games for illegal check

Thursday, 01.01.2015 / 8:13 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORK Edmonton Oilers defenseman Keith Aulie has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan during NHL Game No. 555 in Calgary on Wednesday, Dec. 31, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:05 of the first period. Aulie was assessed a match penalty.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Aulie will forfeit $8,602.16. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Capitals' Ovechkin lives up to hype at Winter Classic

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- He already had one goal to his name in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, but Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin craved another.

Having pounced on a rebound to give the Capitals a two-goal lead in the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationals Park on Thursday, he struck the post and crossbar on consecutive shot attempts in the opening 90 seconds of the second period.

Ovechkin and the Capitals provided a thrilling ending to the Winter Classic, when Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal on the power play with 12.9 seconds left in a 3-2 victory. As usual, Ovechkin celebrated with uncontained exuberance.

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