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Anthony Duclair and Canada defeated Igor Shesterkin, Pavel Buchnevich, and Russia last night by a score of 5-4 to take gold at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Duclair scored Canada’s first goal of the game on Shesterkin 23 seconds into the game. Shesterkin faced two more shots, allowing another goal, before being pulled. Buchnevich recorded an assist in the game.

For the tournament, Duclair finished with a line of 4-4-8 in 7 games. Buchnevich finished with 1-5-6 in 7 games.

Shesterkin finished with a 1.98 GAA and a .938 SV%. Brandon Halverson played in one game, stopping 14 shots for the shutout.

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Three Rangers prospects will square off gold at the 2015 World Junior Championships, as Anthony Duclair and Canada will take on Igor Shesterkin, Pavel Buchnevich, and Russia. Canada defeated Slovakia 5-1 in the semifinals, with Duclair notching a goal and an assist.

Shesterkin stopped 26 of Sweden’s 27 shots in Russia’s 4-1 victory. Buchnevich was held off the score sheet.

The gold medal game is tonight at 8:15 on the NHL network.

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Igor Shesterkin continued his sensational 2015 World Juniors tournament yesterday, stopping 39 of 41 shots as Russia sent Brandon Halverson and Team USA home in the quarterfinals. Pavel Buchnevich notched an assist in the first period of the win. Halverson did not play in the contest.

Anthony Duclair and Canada destroyed Denmark in their game, sending the Danes packing with an 8-0 win. Duclair recorded an assist in the win.

The tournament resumes tomorrow, with Russia taking on Sweden and Canada taking on Slovakia. The Canadians, who were heavily favored heading into the tournament, will likely head to the finals as well. Russia is looking to take down a Sweden team that beat them in the preliminary round.

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Canada, Russia, and Team USA all played on New Year’s Eve, but all were already guaranteed spots in the elimination round by that point. The games were for standings. But it was also for pride, as Canada took down Team USA 5-3. Anthony Duclair was held off the scoresheet for Canada, and Brandon Halverson did not play in the game.

Russia lost to the Czech Republic 4-1. Pavel Buchnevich was held off the scoresheet, and Igor Shesterkin stopped 23 of 26 shots.

USA faces off against Russia today at 1pm in the quarterfinals, which will send at least one New York Rangers prospect home. Canada has a relatively easy matchup against Denmark, tonight at 8pm. If victorious, USA will face the winner of Sweden/Finland, and Canada will get the winner of Czech Republic/Slovakia.

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Anthony Duclair notched a goal and an assist for Canada last night in the 2015 World Junior Championships, helping the Canadians beat Finland by a score of 4-1. Team USA also won last night, shutting out Slovakia by a score of 3-0. Brandon Halverson was not in net for this shutout. Canada still leads USA by one point in Group A, but it seems a lock that both teams will advance to the elimination round.

Pavel Buchnevich recorded an assist for Russia, but the Russians fell to the Swedes by a score of 3-2. Igor Shesterkin was not in net for the game. The loss likely locks Russia into second place in Group B, behind Sweden, provided they win out from here.

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Once upon a time mass panic would break out in Rangerland if Henrik Lundqvist was ever run into during a game. Who would take over? Rangers had nothing coming through the system. Well things appear to have changed. While Lundqvist is certainly in New York for quite some time to come, all of a sudden the Rangers appear well set at the goaltending position.

What started as a hot streak has turned into a solid NHL career. Cam Talbot has earned his new one year ($1.45m) extension thanks to backing up his great numbers from last season, this year. Talbot has proved to be a dependable backup and his performances have also flashed starter upside. At the very least, he’s shown that last year was no fluke even if his sample size remains relatively small (29 NHL games, 15 wins, an outrageous 6 shutouts in such a small timeframe).

While Talbot’s numbers this season are inflated as all his wins have come through shutouts, it’s hard not to be excited about a goaltender that, right now, is sporting a .938 save percentage at the NHL level. Talbot has absolutely solidified the Rangers goaltending position for the short to mid term and at worst, gives the Rangers an attractive trade asset.

What Talbot also gives the Rangers is a completely different look in net to Lundqvist. A strong puck handler with a big frame, Talbot is very different to Lundqvist in many ways which certainly forces opposing teams to change their thinking.

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Both goalies selected in the 2014 NHL draft over the summer put up solid performances for their respective teams during last night’s 2015 World Junior Championships preliminary round games. Brandon Halverson (USA) made 14 saves as Team USA defeated Germany 6-0. Igor Shesterkin made 32 saves as Russia dominated Switzerland 7-0. High touted Pavel Buchnevich notched a goal and two assists in that contest.

The win game Team USA their second win (first came in overtime against Finland). They trail Anthony Duclair and Canada by a point in Group A’s standings, since OT wins net two points and regulation wins are three points. Russia, who beat Denmark in OT for their first win, trails Sweden by a point as well.

All three clubs with Rangers prospects are in action today. USA takes on Slovakia today at 4pm. Russia takes on Sweden in a game that will likely decide the winner of Group B at 5pm. Canada takes on Finland at 8pm.

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Anthony Duclair notched a goal and an assist in Canada’s 8-0 dismantling of Slovakia yesterday in their 2015 World Junior Championship opener. Duclair’s goal was pretty sweet, and the video is below. USA (with Brandon Halverson) and Russia (with Pavel Buchnevich and Igor Shesterkin) also won their openers.

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Anthony Duclair (Canada) and Pavel Buchnevich (Russia) headline the four New York Rangers prospects participating in the 2015 World Junior Championships in Montreal. Duclair and Buchnevich, both taken in the third round of the 2013 draft, are the top two prospects in the system. Both are high-end scoring wingers, and both will hopefully make significant impacts on the Rangers roster in the near future.

Joining Duclair and Buchnevich in Montreal will be the pair of goalies selected in 2014 – Brandon Halverson (USA) and Igor Shesterkin (Russia).

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Dec
17

Henrik Tallinder released from PTO in Hartford

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A little over a month ago, the Hartford Wolf Pack s signed defenseman Henrik Tallinder to a PTO, as the Rangers were looking to fill holes on the blue line. The Tomas Kaberle experiment failed, and now the organization is moving on from Tallinder as well. The club released Tallinder from his PTO yesterday, and the Rangers will not offer him a contract.

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