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Habs recall pair of AHL forwards after Gallagher, Byron hurt in Dallas

The Montreal Canadiens made a pair of roster moves Thursday, a day after their win in Dallas that saw forwards Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron injured.

Gallagher took a Shea Weber slap shot off the hand, while Byron was crushed on a Patrick Sharp hit in the first period. Gallagher has been sent back from the road trip to Montreal to meet with team doctors.

Although there hasn’t been any official update on his status, or the status of Byron for that matter, the news from that brief update following Wednesday’s game isn’t exactly a promising sign for Gallagher.

The Habs on Thursday recalled forwards Sven Andrighetto and Nikita Scherbak from St. John’s in the American Hockey League.

Per the Habs, Andrighetto and Scherbak will join the team for practice on Friday, prior to Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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    Sissons ‘rewarded’ with first career hat trick, as Preds beat Bolts

    NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 20: Colton Sissons #10 of the Nashville Predators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 20, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. The Predators defeated the Devils 5-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Colton Sissons called it a “surreal” performance.

    Sissons ended a 12-game goal drought with his first career hat trick, Pekka Rinne made 27 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-1 on Thursday night.

    “I’ve been struggling to find the back of the net just in general,” Sissons said. “To pop three feels pretty good.”

    Tampa Bay pulled its goalie for an extra skater with seven minutes left in the third, and Sissons got his second of the game a minute later before completing the trick from close with three minutes remaining. He entered with two goals this season and seven overall in 78 career games.

    “You get rewarded for all the hard work he’s put in,” Predators left wing Filip Forsberg said. “It’s really fun to see and great for him.”

    Nashville also got goals from Mike Fisher, Forsberg and Ryan Ellis. Rinne improved to 7-0-1 against Tampa Bay.

    Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning, who went 2-2-1 on a five-game homestand. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 13 shots two days after giving up five goals on 33 shots in a 6-4 loss to Winnipeg.

    “He’s a young goalie, and eventually he’s going to be a starting goalie in this league,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Hall of fame goaltenders have all gone through this. It’s `How are you going to be next game?’ Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get ready for the next game.”

    Vasilevskiy is filling in for Ben Bishop, who is out with a lower-body injury.

    Cooper didn’t feel the score indicated the game itself, pointing out that Tampa Bay held a 41-16 advantage in shots that were blocked and missed the net.

    “They had 24 blocked shots, that’s a lot,” Cooper said. “I thought we did a lot of good things.”

    Fisher had the lone goal in the first, coming on the power play at 2:25. The Predators are 11-0-4 when scoring first. Tampa Bay has allowed the first goal in 26 of 40 games (7-15-4).

    Forsberg made it 2-0 before Johnson scored on the power play early in the second, and then Sissons made it 3-1 from the right circle at 13:21.

    Ellis made it a 4-1 lead 43 seconds after Sissons scored with a goal that had two reviews.

    The original call was no goal because of goalie interference on Viktor Arvidsson, but that was overturned after a Nashville challenge. Tampa Bay then challenged the on-ice call that play was onside, but the review was inconclusive and the goal stood.

    The Predators have outscored opponents 50-27 in the second period. The first four Nashville goals came on just eight shots.

    Tampa Bay’s Valtteri Filppula and Vladislav Namestnikov were both minus-4.

    Patrick Kane scores OT winner, Blackhawks complete comeback versus Sabres

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    Wins have been rare for the Chicago Blackhawks of late.

    Luckily for them, they’ve been able to build up a decent enough lead in the Central Division, and despite one win in their last six games prior to Thursday, they’ve maintained top spot over the recently red hot Minnesota Wild.

    The Blackhawks got an added boost with the return of Marian Hossa to their lineup Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres.

    Despite being separated by 15 points in the overall standings entering this game, the Sabres gave the Blackhawks everything they could handle. It helped that Anders Nilsson made 39 saves and was almost unbeatable in the first period, when Buffalo surrendered 20 shots on goal.

    The Sabres were just over two minutes away from stealing two points on the road. Jack Eichel‘s goal, his eighth of the season, looked like it might stand as the winner, before Artem Anisimov tied it up with a late goal, his 17th, and Patrick Kane won it in overtime for Chicago.

    The Blackhawks host the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.

    An instant classic: Troy Terry plays the shootout hero, Team USA wins gold at World Juniors

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    What a hockey game that was.

    Exactly what else would you expect when Canada and the USA meet in the World Juniors? They authored another edge-of-your-seat classic Thursday with a gold medal on the line in Montreal.

    Twice, Canada managed to pull out in front with a two-goal lead, including in the third period. But this is junior hockey, and it can be an emotional roller coaster for all involved, with wild swings in momentum. Tonight’s contest was no different. Twice, the Americans countered back to even the score, with both teams providing a dizzying array of scoring chances and close calls.

    Troy Terry played the hero for Team USA in the shootout in the semifinal. And he did it again Thursday, as the only player to score in the five-round shootout. The Americans came back for the 5-4 win in a thriller.

    Down 4-2 after a pair of quick Canadian goals early in the third period, the USA roared back. New York Islanders first-round pick Kieffer Bellows started the second comeback and Ottawa Senators prospect Colin White, less than three minutes later, tied this game.

    Canada versus USA. Going to overtime. A game this good deserved some additional time. The extra period was off the charts, too, with the Americans forced to kill a too-many-men penalty and players on both sides exhausting themselves.

    Terry didn’t score until the fourth round of the shootout. Tyler Parsons stopped all five shots faced in the shootout for the win.

     

    Video: ‘That is one helluva run,’ says Torts after Blue Jackets winning streak ends

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    It had to end eventually.

    Unfortunately for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, their franchise best winning streak ended at 16 games after a 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. It closes one win shy of matching the NHL record held by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins.

    That’s quite a stretch of hockey for the Blue Jackets, who have played their way into first place in the Metropolitan Division. And the significance wasn’t lost on coach John Tortorella afterward.