Ottawa draftee Curtis Lazar scored the game-winner as Canada defeated the U.S. 3-2 in World Junior action on Tuesday, clinching top spot in Group A in the process.
Lazar, taken 17th overall at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, converted a Jonathan Drouin pass in the third period to give the Canadians a 3-1 lead, which was cut to one when Devils forward Stefan Matteau scored late in regulation.
Canada also got goals from Conor McDavid and Nic Petan — who had two goals in Canada’s 5-3 win over Slovakia on Monday — while Riley Barber scored the other American tally.
With the win, the Canadians will now face the fourth-place team from Group B in the tournament quarterfinals. The Americans, who finished second in Group A, will take on the third-place team in Group B.
Video: Rangers shut out red-hot Sidney Crosby and the Penguins
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.