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Ekman-Larsson gets NHL record with scoring change

Coyotes defenseman has most game-winning goals at position

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes was awarded his eighth game-winning goal of the season in a scoring change by the NHL on Saturday, giving him the record for an NHL defenseman.

Ekman-Larsson was awarded the second goal in the 3-1 win against the Dallas Stars on Thursday that was originally credited to Martin Hanzal. It was Ekman-Larsson's 20th goal of the season.

Ekman-Larsson had seven game-winning goals last season to share the record with Tim Horton (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1963-64), Al MacInnis (St. Louis Blues, 1999-00), Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins, 1992-93), Derek Morris (Colorado Avalanche, 2002-03), and Dion Phaneuf (Calgary Flames, 2005-06).

Ekman-Larsson has 21 game-winning goals in the past three seasons.

He scored an NHL career-high 23 goals last season and becomes the second defenseman in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets history to have back-to-back 20 goal seasons (Phil Housley; 1990-91, 91-92).

Video: DAL@ARI: Ekman-Larsson's shot finds a way in for lead

 

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