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Video: Stars’ Lehtonen earned his assist last night

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Kari Lehtonen made a big impact in the Dallas Stars’ 5-4 win against the Los Angeles Kings last night, and not just by stopped 37 out of 41 shots.

His impressive outlet pass set up Tyler Seguin for a big goal, as well:

It’s common for goalies to get assists, yet primary assists don’t happen very often for netminders. Kudos to Lehtonen, who made restored some confidence amid a shaky start to 2014-15.

Here’s a bonus highlight of new Stars defenseman Jason Demers landing a big hip check in his first game with the team:

Report: Perron’s name comes up as Oilers seek trade for ‘top center’

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With frustration mounting the day after a brutal sixth consecutive loss, it’s not too surprising to hear that the Edmonton Oilers are “working the phones” to make a trade.

The specifics are a little more intriguing, though. David Perron ranks among the names being shopped in Edmonton’s quest to land a “top center,” according to TSN’s Darren Dreger:

Perron, 26, was traded to Edmonton before the 2013-14 season began. While his possession stats remain strong – especially compared to most of his teammates – his offensive production is far off his breakout pace from last season. Combine disappointing results with his exasperated comments regarding the Oilers’ continued struggles and it’s simple to see why the team might be shopping him.

Even many of those who (justifiably) defend Perron are howling at the idea of the Oilers landing a “top center” for the rugged winger, as you can see from these Twitter responses:

Earlier on Sunday, social media was aflutter with speculation when word mistakenly (at least, mistakenly for now?) surfaced that the Oilers would hold a press conference. While it doesn’t sound like that’s happening, it’s clear that this the Oilers are a team to monitor today.

After all, one can only wonder how long Edmonton can stand pat. Perron asked as much heading into this weekend.

Photo: Apparently a shot broke Brian Elliott’s cup

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Sometimes a goalie makes a save merely by getting a puck stuck in his equipment, and it makes you wonder if these guys are a little too protected.

That cynicism dissolves quite a bit when you see Brian Elliott tweet a photo of his broken cup, though:

That tweet went out on Nov. 21. His St. Louis Blues lost to the Boston Bruins on Nov. 18, so that near-injury either came from that game or perhaps a practice. (Elliott was too busy hashtagging up a storm to share a theory on which shot or collision might have damaged his cup, so excuse the hypotheses.)

It doesn’t seem like that brush with bruising really bothered Elliott that much, as he helped St. Louis beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday (a day after that tweet went out).

The 29-year-old is off to a nice start so far in 2014-15, compiling an 8-4-1 record with a .927 save percentage and one shutout.

(H/T to SB Nation.)

Daniel Sedin will play his 1,000th game today

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Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin will play his 1,000th NHL regular season game on Sunday.

The 34-year-old spoke about the milestone as the Canucks ready for a road contest against the Chicago Blackhawks:

Daniel will likely be in a better mood than Henrik Sedin was when he hit his 1,000th game played, as he was in a slump and things weren’t going very well for the Canucks in general back in March. Here’s a quick comparison of the Sedin twins, because there’s no sense avoiding such an action, right?

Daniel: 311 goals, 514 assists for 825 points in 999 games; 67 points in 96 playoff contests.

Henrik: 198 goals, 664 assists for 862 points in 1030 games; 74 points in 99 playoff contests.

(It’s fitting that their points-per-game are nearly identical, as Daniel is at .83 and Henrik slightly edges him with .84, although “The Shooting Sedin” gets bonus points for a significant edge in tallies.)

The Sedin twins are in the first year of contracts that carry a $7 million cap hit and won’t expire until after the 2017-18 season. Health permitting, it looks it won’t be too long until we talk about another 1,000 milestone for the two: points.

(H/T to Rotoworld.)

Video: Jagr’s blind assist is quite the sight

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When asked about “The Traveling Jagrs,” Jaromir Jagr had a simple comment: “They know who the man is.”

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell how often the New Jersey Devils forward is being facetious and how often that swagger is legitimate, but when you see the kind of plays he can still make at 42, maybe his bluster is justified.

Take this ridiculous no-look pass (which set up a Michael Cammalleri goal) from last night’s shootout loss against the Calgary Flames, for instance:

Yeah, that’s one of those “How did he do that?” plays.

While Jagr’s seemingly on a little bit of a slower pace in his second season with New Jersey, his 13 points still lead all Devils scorers. With 1,060 career assists, he’s currently ranked eighth all-time, just three behind Steve Yzerman for seventh in league history.