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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Big night for McGinn, Karlsson, Ladd

By Elias

• Jamie McGinn scored two goals for the Avalanche in its 5–4 shootout win at Buffalo, including a score-tying goal with 1.9 seconds remaining to play in the third period. McGinn has scored seven goals in the eight games he’s played since he was traded to Colorado by San Jose on deadline day (Feb. 27). He’s the sixth player in Nordiques/Avalanche franchise history to score at least seven goals in his first eight games with the team. The other players to do that were Real Cloutier (7), Wilf Paiement (7), Joe Sakic (8), Theo Fleury (8) and Marek Svatos (7).

• Erik Karlsson reached the 70-point mark this season with his score-tying goal in the third period of the Senators’ shootout loss at Montreal. The 21-year-old Karlsson (he won’t turn 22 until May 31) is the youngest NHL defenseman to score 70 points in one season since 1988–89, when the Rangers’ Brian Leetch hit the 70-point plateau less than a month after his 21st birthday.

• Andrew Ladd scored a pair of goals for the Jets in their 5–2 win over the Stars in Winnipeg. Ladd has scored 23 goals this season and 17 of them have come on home ice (including each of his last nine goals). Ladd’s percentage of goals scored in home games this season (74%) is the highest in the NHL among players with 20 or more goals. The Islanders’ John Tavares is a close second at 73 percent (22 of 30).