Colorado Avalanche prospect Chris Bigras was one of five players sent home from Team Canada’s World Junior selection camp Sunday.
Bigras was a member of the 2014 Canadian squad, which lost to Russia in the bronze medal game in January.
Defenseman Travis Sanheim, a Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect, was returned to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.
Forwards Remi Elie (Dallas Stars), Morgan Klimchuk (Calgary Flames) and Nick Baptiste (Buffalo Sabres) were also returned to their respective junior clubs.
Ottawa’s Curtis Lazar and Vancouver’s Bo Horvat are among those currently on NHL rosters who could possibly be added to the team, but a decision on their future must be made prior to the NHL’s roster freeze Dec. 19.
“It’s day-by-day. I haven’t heard anything, actually,” Horvat told ProHockeyTalk’s Cam Tucker. “Just trying to get better here and focus on trying to win here. If I keep doing that, eventually I’m sure they’re going to tell me what’s going on but for right now I’m just trying to focus on the Canucks.”
Team Canada’s roster currently consists of eight defencemen and 15 forwards and two goaltenders. The final roster, which needs to be finalized by Dec. 25, must be down to 22 players.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau will get an another opportunity to prove he belongs in the NHL.
The Ottawa Senators announced they’ve recalled the forward from the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators on Sunday.
Pageau, 22, has eight goals and 10 assists in 26 AHL games this season.
The Ottawa native burst on to the scene with the Senators during the lockout shortened 2012-13 season registering four points in nine regular season games he added four goals and six points in 10 playoff games that spring.
Since then however, Pageau has registered just two goals in 28 games with the NHL club.
In 37 career NHL games, all with the Sens, Pageau has four goals, two assists and 12 penalty minutes while averaging 10:33 in ice time.
Ottawa returns to action Monday night when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.
While we got to Devan Dubnyk’s nice save on Mikko Koivu from the Arizona Coyotes’ eventual loss to the Minnesota Wild, Saturday was packed with some highlight reel stops.
Consider this a collection of some of the best saves. If you have any other suggestions that tickled your shot-stopping fancy, feel free to recommend them in the comments.
Petr Mrazek (pictured) sprawls to stop Cody Franson, although the Toronto Maple Leafs certainly got the last laugh:
Jonathan Bernier made a great save against Darren Helm in that same game:
Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t the only person who was brilliant for the Washington Capitals on Saturday, as Braden Holtby enjoyed some great moments in slowing down the Tampa Bay Lightning:
Apparently making the occasional save is in Erik Karlsson’s expansive bag of tricks:
Anything else stick out to you from last night’s game? Again, feel free to share.
The Ottawa Senators battled back from two one-goal deficits to top the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout Saturday afternoon.
Bobby Ryan, who had a highlight-reel goal against the L.A. Kings on Thursday, had another beauty for the shootout winner.
Ottawa has now won two of three while Boston has lost two in a row and five of six.
Craig Cunningham opened the scoring for the Bruins, shorthanded, with his first career NHL goal.
After Mika Zibanejad tied it at 1-1 early in the second, Loui Eriksson gave Boston a 2-1 lead.
David Legwand knotted it at 2-2 early in the third, with a power play marker, setting up overtime.
The Boston Bruins got a scare late in the third period as Patrice Bergeron took a slash from Mike Hoffman in the hand and and left the game momentarily, but he returned for overtime.
Sens veteran defenseman Chris Phillips was a healthy scratch.
Robin Lehner made 29 saves to improve to 6-4-1 on the season while Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots in the loss.
Boston Bruins forward Craig Cunningham scored his first NHL goal Saturday afternoon against the Ottawa Senators.
The goal, which came shorthanded, opened the scoring for the Bruins.
The 24-year-old is playing in his seventh career NHL game.
Originally Boston’s fourth-round pick (97th overall) in 2010, Cunningham is playing his fifth game of the season today.