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Seventeen years ago today, The Great One became the greatest goal scorer in NHL history.
Wayne Gretzky’s shot that beat Vancouver Canucks goaltender Kirk McLean was the 802nd goal of his career, moving him ahead of Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe atop the all-time list.
“I don’t think words can describe the emotion that I felt, and the feeling that I had,” Gretzky said. “I was pretty tickled. It was a pretty fun moment.”
Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.
But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.
Have a look, after the jump:
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The Los Angeles Kings gained a critical two points Monday night against the Calgary Flames, but the loss they sustained could have a bigger impact.
Justin Williams left the game in the second period, and Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider reports he is expected to miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder. Williams is second on the Kings with 57 points this season and third in goals with 22. He has spent much of this season on a productive second line with Jarrett Stoll and Ryan Smyth.
Hammond also reports the Kings have recalled Oscar Moller from Manchester of the American Hockey League to replace Williams on the roster.
Rich Hammond will likely update more here as available.
Update 4:32pm ET: From Rich Hammond at LA Kings Insider—
Justin Williams is expected to miss 3-4 weeks because of his shoulder injury, so theoretically he could return during the playoffs if things went well for him and the team. Terry Murray did not discuss Oscar Moller or his potential role, since Moller has not officially been called up (until paperwork is completed).
You can see Terry Murray trying to hold his frustration to himself, probably best he walked away when he did.
added 3:30pm, Helene Elliott of the LA Times has more on this story.
The center ice shot by Alex Pietrangelo breezes by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The Blues won the game 4-0.
from ich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
“... Obviously, on that winning goal, I got cross-checked from behind. In a defensive position, there’s not much you can do with a guy cross-checking you from behind. He’s the one who scored the goal, too. In my opinion, it should never have happened, it should never have been a goal…. “
more from Doughty and here is the goal (winning) Doughty is referring discussing…
update 8:43pm, replaced the original video with one of better content…
Can you frame a video on the wall?
The NHL Network provides an inside look at the official trade call between the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings
via TSN: Dustin Penner to the LA Kings.
More to come.
Update 2:29pm ET: According to TSN, traded for Colton Teubert, a 2011 first round pick and a conditional pick.
per Bob McKenzie tweet,
LAK Justin Williams signs a four year deal worth $14.6M .
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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