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Laughton's Demotion Will Serve Him Well

Yesterday, center Scott Laughton returned to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL for the second consecutive year. However, last year's stay lasted a full five games, and this time around, zero.

19-year-old Laughton failed to crack the lineup in favor of forwards Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. If he could not beat Rosehill or Hall in the lineup, why keep him around?

Mandatory Visor Debate Rages Again

The decision remains optional, but recent history suggests that the use of visors on hockey helmets should be mandatory.

Simply put, the eyes are the most important part of a hockey player, and they must be protected.

Last night in a game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, a Kimmo Timonen slap shot deflected off of a Flyer stick and straight up into the face of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Staal was left in a pool of his own blood on the ice, holding his right eye.

Staal left the game immediately after being hit directly in the eye, and is out indefinitely. According to a tweet by Nick Kypreos, the injury is not believed to be career-threatening.

(Pictured: A trainer tends to Rangers defenseman Marc Staal after getting hit in the right eye by a puck Tuesday night. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Tampa Bay Lightning Signs Prospect Nikita Kucherov

The Tampa Bay Lightning has signed forward Nikita Kucherov to a three year entry level contract.

The right winger was drafted in the 2012 CHL Import Draft by the Quebec Remparts. He is recovering from shoulder surgery and has yet to play a game with Quebec. The Lightning drafted the Russian in the second round (58th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Kucherov had one goal and five points in 18 games with CSKA Moscow of the KHL last season. He led the 2011 U-18 World Championships in scoring, netting 11 goals and 21 points in just seven games.

Bolt Prospects speaks highly of Kucherev:

“One of the purest finishers in the 2011 draft class. Had an unbelievable...

Canada-Russia Challenge Game 1 Recap

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, four games to be played – two in Yaroslavl, Russia, where that city’s KHL team – the Lokomotiv – suffered tragedy when a plane crash took the lives of all but one person, and two games in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is a recap of Game 1 from Arena 2000 in Yaroslavl.

There was no scoring in the first period, although some penalties were handed out, including offsetting roughing minors toward the end.

In the second period, Canada would get on the board first. Morgan Rielly sets up Sean Monahan to get the puck past Russian goalie Andrei Vasilevski to make the score 1-0 at 4:08, a powerplay goal....

Russia defeats USA for U-17 Gold, Ontario takes Bronze

ONTARIO vs SWEDEN

In the early game, Max Domi scored twice in the third period, part of a four-goal explosion by Ontario in the final 20 minutes, as the two-time defending gold medalists settled for bronze at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 5-2 win over Sweden on Wednesday afternoon.

“The tide definitely turned in the third. We made that push and got the win,” said Domi, “Winning a medal means a lot.”

It’s the first time since the 2002 tournament in Selkirk, Man., that Ontario has taken home the bronze medal, while Sweden was denied an opportunity to win bronze in back-to-back appearances; it finished third in 2010 in Timmins...

U-17 Championships Day 6 Recap

 

Evan Allen and Anthony Louis scored in the shootout and Thatcher Demko stopped both Swedish shooters he faced as the United States advanced to the gold medal game at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 2-1 semifinal win over Sweden on Tuesday afternoon.

The Americans are into the final for the fifth time in the last six U17 tournaments; they won the big prize in 2010, defeating Ontario, but lost to Quebec in 2006 and to Ontario in 2008 and last year.

“I was going shot the whole time, no deking,” said Louis, “It’s a great feeling to get the winner in a game like this.”

Michael McCarron scored the lone goal for the U.S...

U-17 Championships Day 5 Recap

Sweden vs Atlantic

With a big game at stake for Sweden, they had to beat the Atlantic team. The first period was a back and forth style game with the Atlantic team being more physical. After a while in the period though, Sweden scored on a André Burakowsky goal. That goal seemed to upset Atlantic as they would take a penalty for tripping. Sweden could not take advantage with the extra man, but instead after their powerplay, they would take a penalty themselves. Burkowsky would go to the box for slashing, and Atlantic would take advantage. Kameron Kielly scored a goal with the assists going to Nathan MacKinnon and Mike Lyle. There would be one last Swedish penalty, but Atlantic...

U-17 Championships Day 4 Recap

André Burakowsky, Rasmus Fyrpihl and Leon Bristedt all scored before the game was six minutes old as Sweden picked up its second win in as many days at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, beating Germany 5-2 on Sunday afternoon.

After dropping their opener to Ontario on Friday the Swedes have rattled off back-to-back wins, and can clinch a semifinal berth with a win over Atlantic in their preliminary round finale on Monday in Windsor.

Burakowsky finished with two goals and Tobias Liljendahl also scored for Sweden, which scored four goals in the first period for the second day in a row – it led 4-1 after 20 minutes in its 7-3 victory over Quebec on Saturday. Victor...

U-17 Championships Day 3 Recap

Sweden vs Quebec

Sweden dominated the first twenty minutes , with Anthony Brodecki scored from Tobias Liljedahl and Robert Hagg. Fabian Gunnarsson took  a holding penalty putting Quebec in a position that they could potentially tie the game. Two giveaways on the ensuing advantage resulted in two breakaways and two goals by Leon Bristedt and Victor Ohman. Even though the shots were even at eleven for the period, Sweden was clearly the better team, using it’s size and skill to their advantage. Ohman scored his second on a one-timer to make it 4-0. Quebec’s Yan-Pavel Laplante scored a powerplay goal to cut the lead to 4-1. With Jeremy Gregoire and Anthony Duclair drawi...

U-17 Championship Day 2 Recap

USA vs Russia – 2pm

Nikita Serebryakov played incredible as he backstopped Russia to a 3-2 win over USA in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The Russian goaltender stopped 51 of 53 shots in an eventful game at the WFCU Center Friday afternoon.

Russia got off to a quick start as Sergei Tolchinski received a nice pass from Nikita Zadorov and put the puck past Hunter Miska.  Russia continued to be faster and play harder than the American squad, but in playing more physical they got caught up in it and took three straight penalties. Team USA looked sloppy, especially after coming off of a 5-1 win against the Czech Republic yesterday.  Their power play was not pr...