Sens loan Lazar to Team Canada for World Juniors


Good news for Team Canada, and potentially tough news for the rest of the teams at this year’s World Junior tournament.

Having already secured the services of Rangers forward Anthony Duclair, Canada learned on Thursday that Ottawa would release Curtis Lazar — its first-round pick (17th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft — for this year’s tournament, to be played in Toronto and Montreal from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

Lazar, 19, made the Sens after a strong training camp and exhibition season, and has played well in his rookie campaign. The former WHL Edmonton standout has one goal and seven points through 27 games this year but has seen his ice time dip recently — in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over New Jersey, he played a season-low 8:30 (under new head coach Dave Cameron, it must be noted.)

Regardless, this is a big get for Canada.

Lazar was a standout at last year’s tourney, finishing with seven points in seven games. A physical center that can score goals — he had 41 in his last year of junior — Lazar will bolster a team that’s already deep down the middle with the likes of Sam Reinhart and Connor McDavid in the mix.

Video: Lehigh Valley Phantoms score 3 in 21 seconds


Th Lehigh Valley Phantoms scored three goals in record time Wednesday night against the Binghamton Senators.

Petr Straka, Jason Akeson and Andrew Gordon scored 21-seconds apart setting a record for fastest three goals by a single team.

Have a look:

The three goals, on three shots, ended Senators’ starter Andrew Hammond’s night early – he didn’t make a single save in 36 seconds of action.

The Phantoms went on to win 4-2.

Elias on the boos: ‘It wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it’


The New Jersey Devils have now lost five straight following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Ottawa Senators Wednesday night.

The loss was also New Jersey’s fifth straight on home ice.

The 15,379 in attendance at the Prudential Center had seen enough Wednesday electing to boo the home team as they fell to 3-5-4 on home ice this season.

“Obviously, the fans, they were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me. But, we didn’t deserve that today,” said Patrik Elias, who returned after missing five games with a groin injury. “The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.”

New Jersey had 26 shots on goal through 40 minutes while holding Ottawa to just four shots in each of the first two periods; however, they could not solve Craig Anderson, who made 34 saves for the shutout.

New Jersey has played nine games in the month of December and scored two or fewer goals seven times.

“Everybody gets booed some time. We know when we deserve it,” continued Elias. “We played well. A lot of good things, a lot of positives. It’s just when you don’t score goals, you’re not going to win hockey games.”

The Devils continue their four-game home stand against the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night.

Turris, Anderson lead Sens over Devils


Kyle Turris scored on Ottawa’s first shot of the game and Craig Anderson took care of the rest as the Senators blanked the New Jersey Devils 2-0 Wednesday night.

Anderson turned aside 34 Devils shots for the shutout.

Turris added his second of the night, and sixth of the season, into an empty net.

Ottawa has now won two of three while New Jersey has lost five straight.

Cory Schneider made 14 saves in the loss.

Goalie nods: Wild face conundrum with Kuemper and Backstrom sick; Canucks turn to Lack


All the latest from the blue paint…

Minnesota mystery

The Minnesota Wild will play the Boston Bruins tonight on NBCSN. That much we know. Who plays in net, however, remains up in the air.

Darcy Kuemper was yanked right before his scheduled start against Chicago last night with an illness, forcing Niklas Backstrom into action for an eventual 5-3 loss. Now Backstrom is also sick, meaning recently-recalled AHL Iowa farmhand John Curry is in the mix for tonight’s game.

Wild head coach Mike Yeo said he “expects” Backstrom to battle through and play against the Bruins, but whether it happens remains to be seen.

Whatever the case, the Wild are reeling a bit and need a quality start from whoever gets the call. They’ve gone 12 games without back-to-back victories and while they still have a solid record (16-12-1, eighth-best in the West), they’ve also been giving up a lot of goals lately — 19 in their last five games, to be specific.

No word yet on a Bruins starter.

Eddie’s in for Vancouver

After Saturday’s 5-1 drubbing at home against the Rangers, the Canucks are making a change in goal by giving Eddie Lack the start tonight against Dallas.

Lack had a rough first month of the season but has been stellar since, especially over his last three appearances. He posted a 22-save shutout against Pittsburgh, stopped all 13 shots faced in relief of Ryan Miller against Toronto, then stopped 41 of 45 shots in an OT loss to Ottawa.

Miller, meanwhile, has struggled lately — in his last three games, he’s allowed 11 goals on 61 shots.

If Lack has a quality outing against the Stars this evening, it’ll be interesting to see what head coach Willie Desjardins does moving forward. After tonight the Canucks have two games left on their four-game homestand, including one against an Arizona squad that torched Miller for five goals on 23 shots back on Nov. 14 — a beating that occurred in Vancouver, no less.

Not that Desjardins is trying to start a goalie controversy or anything…

For Dallas, Kari Lehtonen is likely to start.


Sens at Devils: Craig Anderson vs. Cory Schneider