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Kings' Gaborik comes up with another clutch goal

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Marian Gaborik was acquired by the Los Angeles Kings last season for one reason.

"I think we all understand what he was brought here to do and that is to score big goals and that is kind of what we expect of him," captain Dustin Brown said.

After delivering on that deal throughout the Kings' triumphant march to the Stanley Cup championship by scoring 14 goals in 26 games, Gaborik did what is expected of him again, in dramatic fashion, on another one of the sport's grandest stages.

This time, Gaborik scored the game-winning goal 4:04 into the third period in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Levi's Stadium, providing the Kings with a 2-1 victory against the rival San Jose Sharks before 70,205 spectators.

"Yeah, it's definitely special," Gaborik said of his goal, which blunted the momentum of the Sharks, who were starting to dominate play after a late first-period goal tied the game. "But it definitely feels good to get the goal."

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Jamie Benn growing into role as captain of Stars

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Last season was a giant learning experience for Jamie Benn.

But considering it was the start of what likely will be a long run as captain of the Dallas Stars, Benn viewed it as very productive.

Benn, a fifth-round pick (No. 129) in the 2007 NHL Draft, is in his sixth season in the League. He is second on Dallas with 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists), tied for ninth in the NHL.

Last season, Benn was a big reason the Stars made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six years; they were defeated by the Anaheim Ducks in a six-game Western Conference First Round series.

The Stars, who lost in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at American Airlines Center, complete a back-to-back Sunday at the Minnesota Wild (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN).


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Rogers Hometown Hockey: Boischatel, Quebec

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / News

NHL.com

CITY in Canada will televise "Rogers Hometown Hockey" on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET. The show will be followed by the game between the Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders. The location this week is Boischatel, Quebec, and the half-hour program will celebrate the city's iconic hockey story.

Among the features airing on the pregame show:

* Hockey fans remember Paul Henderson's game-winning goals in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union and Sidney Crosby's golden goal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. But Marie-Philip Poulin scored the tying and winning goals for Canada's women's hockey team against the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics -- and many may not yet know her name.

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Blackhawks' Hossa remains elite two-way talent

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Like most players, Marian Hossa was powerless to stop what happened late in the first period of a game at United Center this past Wednesday.

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, a relentless puck hound, used a jabbing stick lift to rip the puck from the Chicago Blackhawks forward in the defensive zone. Datsyuk quickly headed the other way, looking for the kind of play he's turned into key goals numerous times in his career.

Hossa had other ideas, and unlike most players, he was able to recover.

Just as he did during practices with the Red Wings in 2007-08, Hossa chased Datsyuk. He closed the gap through the neutral zone and caught the speedy Russian at the Chicago blue line. Hossa, a 36-year old right wing, returned the favor with a strip of his own inside the left circle, sending the puck the other way with a stretch pass.

The crowd roared. Hossa felt a sense of relief and accomplishment.

"He's one of the best," he said of Datsyuk, a three-time winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward. "I had the chance to play with [him] in Detroit and we'd play keep-aways after practices, because he's one of the best in the League. I learned from him quite a bit."

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Flyers' Simmonds now scoring threat in all situations

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The past three seasons have seen Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds emerge as one of the biggest power-play threats in the NHL.

Entering the Flyers game Sunday against the Washington Capitals (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC), he's tied for third in the League with 12 power-play goals; his 33 goals on the man-advantage since the start of the 2012-13 season are third, behind Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (57) and Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks (37).

For long stretches, however, the power play has been the chief place Simmonds had been productive; of his 14 goals in a 49-game stretch between Oct. 14 and Feb. 5, five came at even strength.

In his past six games, however, he has four goals, with three of them coming at 5-on-5 play.

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Loss stings, but Sharks enjoy outdoor experience

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The stands were packed with 70,205 fans at Levi's Stadium, the third largest crowd in NHL history.

The stars were visible on a clear Northern California night.

The only thing missing to make the night complete for the San Jose Sharks was a victory against the rival Los Angeles Kings in their 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game on Saturday.

San Jose suffered a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles that knocked the Sharks out of the second wild-card playoff position in the Western Conference, a spot now held by the Kings.

"It was fun. It was awesome," Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said. "Going out there for warm-ups … the whole event has been pretty good, right up to the end. It's the truth when they say it's better when you win. I think it is. It (stinks) right now."

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Devils goalie Kinkaid leaves game with injury

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 1:57 AM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid sustained a lower-body injury and was replaced by Cory Schneider with 6:01 remaining in the second period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Kinkaid appeared to sustain his injury after stretching from right to left to block a shot attempt by Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk.

The Devils led the Hurricanes 3-0 at the time of the injury. Kinkaid made 17 saves and was credited with the 3-1 victory.
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Around the League notebook for Saturday, Feb. 21

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 1:49 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

RED WINGS RALLY TWICE IN THIRD FOR OT WIN . . .

The Detroit Red Wings erased a pair of two-goal deficits in the third period, highlighted by Pavel Datsyuk’s tying goal with 1:48 left in regulation, before Niklas Kronwall completed the comeback by scoring 36 seconds into overtime to defeat the Dallas Stars.

* The Red Wings improved to 33-14-10 (76 points) to keep pace with the Montreal Canadiens (38-16-5, 81 points) and Tampa Bay Lightning (37-18-6, 80 points) – who also won on Saturday – in the Atlantic Division.

* Elias says the Red Wings are the first team to trail by two goals (or more) in the third period, tie the game, and fall behind by at least two goals again before eventually winning since Jan. 16, 1934 when the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a 7-4 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators. In that game, the Maple Leafs trailed 2-0 at the start of the third period before tying the game at 2-2; the Senators then pulled ahead 4-2 before the Maple Leafs forced overtime; they scored three times in the extra period.

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Senators' Cowen faces Player Safety hearing

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 12:57 AM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com Staff

Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will have a hearing Monday for an illegal check to the head/interference on Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen during a game at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

Jokinen was hit by Cowen with 15:26 remaining in the second period of Ottawa's 4-1 win. Cowen was given an interference penalty on the play.

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Zetterberg injured in Red Wings' victory

Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 12:09 AM / News

NHL.com Staff

Forward Henrik Zetterberg left the Detroit Red Wings' game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday with what the Red Wings called an upper-body injury.

There was no indication when the injury occurred, but Zetterberg was involved in a shoving match with Dallas forward Jamie Benn early in the second period during which he was hit in the head. He played a regular shift through the second but didn't play after that.

Zetterberg, the Red Wings' captain and leading scorer, finished with 11:24 of ice time in 18 shifts and did not have a point in Detroit's 7-6 OT victory at American Airlines Center.


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Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday