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Canada, United States to decide Group A top spot

Tuesday, 12.30.2014 / 12:35 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

MONTREAL -- Canada and the United States each has heard its anthem played and had its flag raised following three successive victories at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Only one team will make it four straight on New Year's Eve when the North American rivals play Wednesday for top honors in Group A in the most anticipated match of preliminary-round play of the tournament at Bell Centre in Montreal (4 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, NHL.com).

Canada is the top seed in Group A with three regulation victories and nine points. The United States, with two regulation wins and one shootout win for eight points is second, but a win of any kind Wednesday would allow them to pass Canada for first place.

The winner and top seed in Group A will play a quarterfinal-round game against the fourth place team in Group B on Friday. The loser will earn the second seed and play the third-seeded team from Group B on Friday.

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NHL to pay tribute to U.S. Armed Forces, Nation's Capital during festivities at 2015 NHL Winter Classic

Billy Idol, Gavin DeGraw, Lee Greenwood to perform at New Year's Day outdoor game

NHL.com

NEW YORK – The 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the New Year's Day outdoor game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (1:00 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVA), will pay tribute to the United States Armed Forces during pre-game and in-game festivities, which will feature an anthem ceremony with the Armed Forces Color Guard, the U.S. Army Chorus and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, singers Master Sergeants Bob McDonald and Caleb Green, and the National Capital Region Eagles; a flyover by the D.C. Air National Guard, 113th Wing; and performances by punk pioneer and rock and roll icon Billy Idol, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, and country music artist Lee Greenwood.

The décor and field design at Nationals Park for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will visually celebrate the city of Washington, D.C. The League will honor all five branches of the military throughout the day.

The full lineup of performances and special celebrations for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is being produced by IMG Productions, a global leader in sports, fashion and media.

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Devils' Josefson, Gionta placed on injured reserve

Tuesday, 12.30.2014 / 11:58 AM / News

NHL.com

The New Jersey Devils on Tuesday placed forwards Jacob Josefson and Stephen Gionta on injured reserve.

Josefson was placed on IR retroactive to Dec. 27; he missed the Devils' game Monday against the Pittsburgh Penguins because of an illness. Gionta broke his hand blocking a shot during the game Monday; he was placed on IR retroactive to Dec. 29.

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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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