Pavelski ties record for NHL playoff goals scored by US-born player


Joe Pavelski tied Joe Mullen for most NHL playoff goals scored by a US-born player with two for the Dallas Stars in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday.

Pavelski, a native of Wisconsin, scored 12 playoff goals to give him 60 in his NHL career. Mullen, a New York native, scored 60 points and Mike Modano, of Michigan, 58.“It’s cool to be up there with those names,” Pavelski said this week. “We’re focused on the final right now, so this is all just an extra. Look at it another day. … But I’ve played in a lot of playoff games, scored goals along the way, and we ”you are here today. So I will continue to try to add to it.

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He scored with 1:32 left in the first period and 8:25 to go in the third period to tie the game 4-4. Kevin Shattenkirk scored 6:34 in overtime to give Tampa Bay a win after winning the Stanley Cup. Game 5 in the best-of-7 series is Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Pavelski has scored 14 goals in 67 games this season after scoring 38 for the San Jose Sharks the previous season. The 36-year-old played 159 playoff games in the NHL and scored two goals in the Stanley Cup playoff round robin game.

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Modano played 176 Stanley Cup playoff games and won the Stanley Cup in 1999 when the Stars defeated the Buffalo Sabers.

Mullen played 143 playoff games and won the Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989 and the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992.

Pavelski is the fourth NHL player to score at least 10 playoff goals at age 36 or older, joining Maurice Richard (11 with the Montreal Canadiens in 1958), Wayne Gretzky (10 with the New York Rangers in 1997) and Brett Hull (10 with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002).


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