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TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 05: Goaltender Linus Soderstrom #30 of Sweden deflects the puck on a shot from Slovakia during the Bronze medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on January 05, 2015 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

Sweden beats U.S. to stay perfect at World Juniors

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HELSINKI (AP) Linus Soderstrom made 46 saves, Alexander Nylander scored and Sweden shut out the United States 1-0 on Monday at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Nylander scored on a second-period breakaway. He has a goal and four assists in the tournament to lead Sweden, which is 2-0 in Group A.

The United States, which fell to 1-1 after beating Canada in its opener, couldn’t score despite having eight power-play chances in the game.

It was the first time the U.S. lost to Sweden in the world juniors since 1996, ending a 12-game winning streak.

Nylander plays in the Ontario Hockey League and is expected to be selected in the 2016 NHL draft. Soderstrom was a fourth-round pick of the New York Islanders in the 2014 draft.

In other games on Monday, the Czech Republic blanked Slovakia 2-0.

The U.S. will face Switzerland on Wednesday, and Denmark on Thursday.

Gaudreau, Niemi, Bozak named NHL’s three stars of the week

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Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, Dallas’ Antti Niemi and Toronto’s Tyler Bozak have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Dec. 27, the league announced on Monday.

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Gaudreau led the NHL with five goals in two games to help the Flames (17-16-2, 36 points) set a franchise record with their 11th consecutive victory on home ice.

Niemi went 2-0-1 with a 1.02 goals-against average, .966 save percentage and one shutout to lift the Stars (27-7-3, 57 points) back into first place in the League standings.

Bozak ranked second in the NHL in both goals (4) and points (tied-5) to power the Maple Leafs (13-14-7, 33 points) to two victories in three starts.

Expect to see Gaudreau’s in December’s three stars as well. He scored two hat-tricks this month — including one against the Jets on the 22nd — and, for December, has 12 goals and 18 points in just 11 games, with two more to go.

Calgary plays at home against Anaheim on Tuesday, then another home date against the Kings on New Year’s Eve.

After 11-game absence, Fisher back for Preds

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Nashville will bolster its center depth tonight when it hosts the Rangers at Bridgestone.

Mike Fisher, who’s been out of the lineup since Dec. 1 with a lower-body injury, will play for the first time in 11 games, per NHL.com.

Fisher looks as though he’ll slot back in on a line with Colin Wilson and Viktor Arvidssonhe skated between the two at Sunday’s practice — and said he’s “feeling great” after getting shaken up on a Martin Hanzal hit earlier this month.

Getting the 35-year-old back will be a boon for the Preds.

Fisher, who at the time of his injury said tied for third on the team with five goals, is a pretty key cog in Nashville’s operation. He plays nearly 19 minutes a night, leads the team in faceoff wins and has pretty solid possession metrics.

He’s also one of head coach Peter Laviolette’s more trusted veterans, and serves as one of the club’s three alternate captains.

Laviolette will no doubt be pleased to get Fisher back. Nashville has struggled in his absence, going 4-5-2 since he got hurt against the Coyotes.

Evander Kane says ‘I’ve done nothing wrong,’ will be in Buffalo lineup tonight

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Sabres forward Evander Kane addressed reports of sexual offense allegations on Monday, telling reporters that — while he wasn’t able to say much regarding the situation — he did nothing wrong.

“Obviously you guys are all aware of the situation that occurred and is going on right now,” Kane said, per the Buffalo News. “There’s not a whole lot I can say. I just want to say I’ve done nothing wrong and I look forward to clearing my name.

“I respect the legal process, and unfortunately at this time there is not much more I can talk about.”

After Kane spoke with the media, Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed that Kane addressed the team, adding he’d be in the lineup tonight when Buffalo hosts Washington.

“He was happy to be on the ice with his team this morning,” Bylsma said.

On Sunday, the News and other area outlets reported that Kane was being investigated in relation to an alleged incident at a Buffalo hotel on Sunday morning.

WGR 550 cited sources “both inside and outside the Buffalo Police rank” that a 20-year-old woman was making the claim.

Kane, 24, has yet to be charged with a crime, and reports suggest the investigation is still in its early stages. The News reports that Kane is currently represented by attorney Paul J. Cambria, who also represented Chicago forward Patrick Kane during his sexual assault case.

“We take the allegation made today against Evander Kane very seriously. We are gathering facts (and have) been in touch with the NHL and Evander’s representatives,” the Sabres said in a statement released yesterday.

“Until we have more information we will not have any additional comment.”

Stars goalie prospect Campbell ‘needs to get his game together,’ sent to ECHL

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 04:  Jack Campbell, goalkeeper of USA, in action during the IIHF World Championship group B match between Russia and USA at CEZ Arena on May 4, 2015 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.  (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
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Another bump in the road for Dallas netminder Jack Campbell.

Campbell, the club’s first-round pick (11th overall) in 2010, has been sent to ECHL Idaho after a rough stint with Dallas’ AHL affiliate in Texas, GM Jim Nill told the Morning-News.

When asked about the demotion, Nill said “[Campbell] needs to get his game together.”

It’s a tough development for both the organization and Campbell, who looked to have put past struggles behind him.

In the spring, he was part of the U.S. team that captured bronze at the World Championships and, in early December, was recalled to Dallas to serve as Antti Niemi‘s backup while Kari Lehtonen was out injured.

But following his stint with the parent club, Campbell struggled. He went 0-3-2 with an .865 save percentage and 4.52 GAA in his last five games with Texas, paving the way for his demotion to the Steelheads.