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200th point was family affair for Wayne Gretzky

Oilers star reached single-season milestone with parents on hand March 25, 1982

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- When Wayne Gretzky was breaking barriers, setting records and having seasons for the ages, he often worried about the time-consuming nature of the chase.

He was concerned about friends and family.

There was the pursuit of Gordie Howe's NHL career points record when Gretzky was with the Los Angeles Kings.

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Henrik Lundqvist to start for Rangers on Sunday

Goaltender will return from hip injury against Ducks

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who has missed seven games with an injured hip, said he will start against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

"There's some thinking behind it, and just try and get a good plan here over the next three or four days," Lundqvist said after practice Friday. "It made the most sense to play Sunday. Good skate today and morning skate tomorrow and I'll be ready. Hopefully."

The Rangers next play Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, MSG+, NHL.TV).

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McDavid-Getzlaf matchup comes out even

Connor McDavid of Oilers, Ryan Getzlaf of Ducks each get three points but Anaheim wins Pacific Division showdown

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle is often characterized as deeply rooted in the old-school style of hockey, but one thing he does like to do is play the matchup game.

Carlyle had a challenge on his hands Wednesday night with Connor McDavid, the NHL's leading scorer with 85 points, and the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center. Not only was the Ducks-Oilers matchup a battle for second place in the Pacific Division, it was also a possible Stanley Cup Playoff preview. On that level, as coach of the home team, it gave Carlyle the chance to get his shutdown checker of choice, Ryan Kesler, out against McDavid. 

A potential Selke Trophy candidate against a strong Hart Trophy candidate.

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NHL Centennial

Wayne Gretzky enjoyed chase for Gordie Howe's records

NHL all-time scoring leader passed Mr. Hockey with 802nd NHL goal on March 23, 1994

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Wayne Gretzky was on the verge of breaking Gordie Howe's NHL record for points in 1989 when he started thinking about the different eras of hockey.

Fortunately his father, Walter Gretzky, was around, and passed along some fatherly advice about the pursuit of Howe during breakfast.

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Jake Allen's turnaround powering Blues

Goaltender's rebound from slump fueling St. Louis' drive toward playoffs

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Jake Allen was getting well-meaning advice from all directions during what he called the worst month of his professional career.

The St. Louis Blues goaltender emerged from his career crisis in January and pulled himself out of the freefall. His turnaround has been nothing short of extraordinary and worth examining after the Blues' 3-1 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Monday. It was a statement effort for the Blues, who have won five consecutive games after losing five straight.

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Capitals say adversity will make them stronger

Lost California trip, struggles of Alex Ovechkin have Washington seeking answers

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- The drama missing for most of last season has found the Washington Capitals this season.

The quest of goaltender Braden Holtby to surpass Martin Brodeur's single-season record for wins was virtually the only suspense endured by the Capitals in 2015-16. Holtby ended up tying Brodeur's record of 48 wins.

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Ducks honor 2007 Stanley Cup team

Hold ceremony prior to game against Capitals to remember championship

by Lisa Dillman @RealLisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Chris Pronger cut right to it, naturally.

He looked around at his former Anaheim Ducks teammates, some of whom he had not seen since the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007. On Sunday, the Ducks honored that championship team with a ceremony a couple of hours before they played the Washington Capitals at Honda Center.

Pronger, a Hall of Fame defenseman, appeared like he could fit right in with the current Ducks. He noted the general fitness level of the 2007 team has stayed high.

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2007 Cup still special to Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Ducks goalie will be part of 10th anniversary celebration of championship

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

Dad was a doctor. Son wants to become a doctor.

Great.

Dad was a goaltender. Son wants to be a goaltender.

OK … hold that thought.

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Roman Josi standing on his own for Predators

Defenseman thriving in Nashville, even without former partner Shea Weber

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- For Roman Josi, life after Shea Weber began on a summer day that shook the NHL to its core. Weber, the Nashville Predators' longtime captain, was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on June 29 for the larger-than-life personality that is defenseman P.K. Subban.

The trade was so momentous that it almost overshadowed two other major moves that day, forward Taylor Hall going to the New Jersey Devils in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson, and center Steven Stamkos eschewing free agency to sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Playoff race primer: Pacific Division

Sharks lead five teams in contention for postseason play

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

With the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs five weeks away, NHL.com is taking a division-by-division look at the race for the coveted spots in the postseason. Here is how the Pacific Division stacks up: 

After sending the minimum three teams to the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, it's been a better year for the Pacific Division, with five of its members in contention for postseason play.

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