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New York Islanders prospects help AHL affiliate out of basement

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New York Islanders prospects help AHL affiliate out of basement

Photo: Kevin Czuczman has 8 points (2 goals, 6 assists) in 36 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season. (Courtesy of Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

After finishing in the basement of the AHL standings over the past few seasons, the New York Islanders AHL affiliate has found success this year and currently sits third in the Atlantic Division. They have a 16-12-3 record due to solid goaltending and great depth, led offensively by a new face in Joe Whitney, who has been among the AHL scoring leaders all season long. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Aleksi Saarela, Niko Mikkola, and Sami Niku, Finland

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Aleksi Saarela, Niko Mikkola, and Sami Niku, Finland

Photo: Team Finland players Miska Siikonen (#13), Mikko Rantanen (#15), Juho Lammikko (#28), and Vili Saarijarvi (#18) jump over the boards to celebrate after Finland defeated Sweden in the semi-finals of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Team Finland will have the chance to win a gold medal on home ice at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship after defeating Sweden by a 2-1 score at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Charlie McAvoy and Zach Werenski, USA

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Charlie McAvoy and Zach Werenski, USA

Photo: Team USA players Christian Dvorak, Sonny Milano, Anders Bjork, and Will Borgen celebrate Dvorak’s goal in their semi-final loss to Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Team USA was looking to avenge being ousted by the Russians at the past two U20 tournaments, but Russia had other ideas for their semi-final showdown at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship as they eked out a 2-1 win to move on to the gold medal game and a date with host Finland. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Dmytro Timashov and Linus Soderstrom, Sweden

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Dmytro Timashov and Linus Soderstrom, Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden forward and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Dmytro Timashov is having another strong offensive showing in the QMJHL with 18 goals and 53 points in 29 games for the Quebec Remparts (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Sweden entered their semi-final encounter with archrival Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship feeling confident that they could repay Finland for the Finns’ gold medal win on Swedish ice at this event two years ago. Read more »

New direction leads Pittsburgh Penguins minor-league prospects to win column

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New direction leads Pittsburgh Penguins minor-league prospects to win column

Photo: Matt Murray posted stellar numbers (2-1-1, 1.72 GAA, .938 SP) during his four-game call-up to Pittsburgh in December. (Courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

It has been a season of upheaval for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, as they had three head coaches in less than six months. Longtime head coach John Hynes left to become head coach of the New Jersey Devils and Mike Sullivan took over the reins. The Penguins then fired their NHL bench boss Mike Johnston, prompting the organization to promote Sullivan to take over as head coach at the NHL level. Assistant coach Jay Leach has since taken over the head coaching duties for the Penguins AHL affiliate. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Russia shuts down USA, takes 2-1 win to advance to gold medal game

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Russia shuts down USA, takes 2-1 win to advance to gold medal game

Photo: Team Russia forwards Pavel Kraskovski (L), Yegor Korshkin (C), and Alexander Polunin (R) celebrate a goal by Kraskovski in Russia’s 2-1 semi-final win over the USA at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

The USA rolled into the semi-finals at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship having outscored their opponents 21-2 in their prior three games, but it was their opposition, Team Russia, that is moving on to the gold medal game after they shut down the U.S. offense in a 2-1 win at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.W Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Finland takes tight 2-1 win over Sweden, will play for gold

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Finland takes tight 2-1 win over Sweden, will play for gold

Photo: Team Finland forward Sebastian Aho (L) and goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (R) defend against Team Sweden forward Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson during Finland’s 2-1 semi-final win over Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

While Team Finland had displayed an impressive offensive performance prior to the semi-finals at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, there were some doubts that the Finns could come out on top in a tighter-checking affair in their semi-final bout against a strong and determined Swedish squad. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Denis Malgin and Pius Suter, Switzerland

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Denis Malgin and Pius Suter, Switzerland

Photo: Team Switzerland forward Denis Malgin led his country in scoring at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, and was a main reason the Swiss avoided relegation (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Switzerland didn’t turn in a particularly impressive showing in the preliminary round of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, but they still managed to avoid a demotion to the D1A level by defeating Belarus, two games to none, in the best-of-three relegation round. Read more »

2016 World Junior Championship: Q&A with Vladislav Kamenev of Team Russia

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2016 World Junior Championship: Q&A with Vladislav Kamenev of Team Russia

Photo: Team Russia captain Vladislav Kamenev (#10) celebrates a goal with his teammates at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of HEIKKI SAUKKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

In what was perhaps a tighter contest than expected, Team Russia moved on to the semi-finals at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship after defeating Denmark in overtime, 4-3, in their quarterfinal match at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The win means that the Russians will face a team they bounced from last year’s WJC, the USA. Read more »

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Nick Schmaltz and Scott Eansor, USA

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(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: Nick Schmaltz and Scott Eansor, USA

Photo: Team USA defender Will Borgen (L) and goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (R) prevent Czech Republic forward Tomas Soustal from scoring in the USA’s 7-0 win over the Czechs at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

Team USA earned the chance to face the team that knocked them out of last year’s tournament after posting a 7-0 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. The win means the U.S. will play Russia, who sent the Americans home early at last year’s WJC. Read more »

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