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Ekman-Larsson Sets NHL Record for Game-Winning Goals

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE -- Thanks to a scoring change announced before Saturday’s game, defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson set an NHL record by notching his eighth game-winning goal in Thursday’s game vs. the Dallas Stars.

Center Martin Hanzal was originally credited with the goal – his 100th in the NHL – at 0:55 of the second period, but the team announced Saturday that the NHL had reviewed the goal and decided that Hanzal never touched the puck and that the goal had been credited to Ekman-Larsson.

“I’m really proud of that,” Ekman-Larsson said. “I didn’t think about it much. I was just happy for Marty to get his 100th goal, but obviously I’ll take it. It’s a great feeling for me.”

Ekman-Larsson entered Thursday’s game tied with five players for the NHL record for game-winning goals by a defenseman with seven. He’s now alone atop that list.

The goal was also the 20th goal of the season for Ekman-Larsson, who scored 23 last season. He is just the second defenseman in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in consecutive seasons; Phil Housley also did it in 1990-91 and 1991-92.

Hanzal scored later in Thursday’s game so he still gets to celebrate reaching the 100-goal plateau.

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