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Slovakia defeats Sweden to take bronze medal at WJC

Monday, 01.05.2015 / 7:28 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- Slovakia won its second-ever medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship with a 4-2 victory against Sweden in the bronze-medal game at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Slovakia also won a bronze medal in 1999.

Each team managed 28 shots on goal, but it was Slovakian goaltender Denis Godla, as he has done so often during the WJC, who stole the spotlight. Undrafted last year, Godla is eligible for 2015 NHL Draft.

Speaking through an interpreter, Godka said winning the bronze medal didn't mean as much to him personally as it does to hockey in Slovakia.

"It is a wonderful feeling," Godka said. "It is almost indescribable for all Slovakians. The Swedish team seemed to be disappointed from losing Sunday (4-1 against Russia) and we wanted to win more than they did."


Lightning's Gudas sidelined by knee surgery

Monday, 01.05.2015 / 4:30 PM / News

Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday in Tampa.

A determination following surgery will be made on how long Gudas will be out of the Lightning lineup.

Gudas, 24, returned to Tampa on Sunday prior to the Lightning’s 4-2 victory in Ottawa. He is schedule to receive further examination after missing training sessions Friday and Saturday and three-straight games.

This latest setback is unrelated to the lower-body injury that kept Gudas out of four games during the second week of the 2014-15 regular season.


Fantasy All-Access: Predators' Wilson a commodity

Matt Sitkoff - Contributor

The Pittsburgh Penguins made a big move to acquire left wing David Perron, who scored a goal in his first game while playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Steve Downie. We already broke down that he is a must-own in all formats, but will this move open up more trades as we inch closer to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2?

The Bruins could be the next team to trade for a forward as they have not replaced Jarome Iginla on David Krejci's line. Whoever fills in that role will see his fantasy value rise and also could boost Krejci's numbers.

Keep an eye on potential sellers like the Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes. As they move players it could open spots for new fantasy options.


Oshie, Ovechkin, Price named NHL's Three Stars

Monday, 01.05.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NEW YORKSt. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 4.


Oshie paced all players with five goals and shared the League lead with seven points to power the Blues (23-13-3, 49 points) to two wins in four starts. He collected one assist in a 3-0 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche Dec. 29. Oshie then found the back of the net in a pair of losses – a 3-2 defeat to the Nashville Predators Dec. 30 and a 4-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks Jan. 2. He capped the week by registering his second career hat trick (also March 27, 2014 vs. MIN) and second career four-point performance (also Nov. 14, 2013 vs. COL: 0-4—4), notching 3-1—4 in a 7-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks Jan. 3. He also potted his 19th career game-winning marker (third this season) and eclipsed 100 NHL goals (101-174—275 in 402 GP) in that contest. The 28-year-old Everett, Wash., native has compiled 10-10—20 in 31 outings this season, including 5-3—8 during a five-game point streak.


Around the League notebook for Sunday, Jan. 4

Monday, 01.05.2015 / 9:17 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

CAROLINA 2, Boston 1 (SO)

WASHINGTON 4, Florida 3

Tampa Bay 4, OTTAWA 2

CHICAGO 5, Dallas 4 (OT)

Columbus 4, COLORADO 3

ANAHEIM 4, Nashville 3 (SO)

EDMONTON 5, NY Islanders 2


Tyler Johnson (2-0—2) scored twice to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 win against the Ottawa Senators. The Lightning improved to 25-12-4 (54 points) this season to tie the Montreal Canadiens for first in Eastern Conference standings. Tampa Bay also has won five of its last six games, dating to a 4-3 regulation victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 23, 2014.

* Johnson’s first goal was his third power-play goal; the Lightning now are 19-2-1 this season when scoring a power-play goal. Johnson's performance is his fourth multigoal game of the season and extended his point streak to three games (2-4—6).


Canada, Russia ready to play for gold again at WJC

Monday, 01.05.2015 / 12:49 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Canada will play Russia in the gold-medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship at Air Canada Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN-US). It's the 14th time in tournament history those teams have met in the WJC title game, and the eighth time since 1996.

Russia beat Sweden 4-1 in its semifinal Sunday while Canada beat Slovakia 5-1.

"It's special," Canada defenseman Joshua Morrissey said. "Canada and Russia; it's one of those great rivalries in hockey. It's always very intense. Hearing the fans chant 'Canada' and 'We want Russia' in the end was pretty cool. It's pretty inspiring."

Canada holds a 7-6 lead in the championship-round games. Russia, however, has defeated Canada in the playoff round at the past four tournaments, including the bronze-medal game in 2013 and 2014.


Petan's three goals lead Canada to gold-medal game

Sunday, 01.04.2015 / 11:38 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- Canada will play for the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship for the first time in four years after a 5-1 win against Slovakia at Air Canada Centre on Sunday.

Canada will play Russia on Monday in Toronto for the gold medal (8 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). Sweden and Slovakia will play for the bronze medal at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Nicolas Petan (Winnipeg Jets), who was placed on a line with Canada captain Curtis Lazar (Ottawa Senators) and Connor McDavid (draft-eligible 2015) midway through the game, led Canada with three goals.

Russia defeats Sweden to advance to WJC final

Sunday, 01.04.2015 / 6:37 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Russia forward Alexander Sharov scored two goals and Igor Shesterkin made 26 saves to lead Russia to a 4-1 victory against Sweden in the semifinal round of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship at Air Canada Centre on Sunday.

The victory assures Russia a third appearance in the gold medal game in the past five years. It last won gold at the 2011 WJC in Buffalo following a five-goal third period that led to a 5-3 victory against Canada. It was the country's first gold medal-winning effort since 2003 in Halifax and Sydney, Canada.


Panthers goalie Luongo leaves game against Capitals

Sunday, 01.04.2015 / 5:27 PM / News

Adam Vingan - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo did not return for the third period of a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday with an upper-body injury sustained during a first-period collision with Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin.


Sharks place Joe Thornton on injured reserve

Sunday, 01.04.2015 / 5:25 PM / News Staff

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton has been placed on injured reserve, the team announced Sunday.

Thornton, who had played in 319 consecutive regular-season games, missed the Sharks game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. It was the first game Thornton had sat out since the 2010-11 season.

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