VIDEO: Kyle Palmieri snipes top-shelf goal from improbable angle

With the New Jersey Devils badly in need of a win Saturday against the Washington Capitals to stay in the playoff hunt, forward Kyle Palmieri certainly did his part to help.

After picking up an assist on a Travis Zajac goal, the 25-year-old sniped an incredible shot from the goal line over the crouched Braden Holtby and into the far top corner to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.

(Courtesy: NHL.com)

Palmieri, who grew up playing for the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey Club, has already set career highs in goals (22) and points (39) with over 20 games remaining in the season.

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Red Wings’ Larkin out vs. Senators with illness

The Detroit Red Wings will be without some speed against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday as Dylan Larkin will be held out of the lineup due to an illness.

It will be just the second game the forward has missed this season.

The 19-year-old currently leads the Red Wings with 19 goals. Larkin also sits second in league rookie scoring behind Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin and Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel.

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VIDEO: Penguins’ Kuhnhackl scores 1st NHL goal with surgical precision

Quality over quantity.

It took Pittsburgh Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl 17 games to score his first NHL goal, but when he did, boy was it something to behold.

Kuhnhackl picked up a loose puck early in the second period and - after flipping it past Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman - broke in all alone, going bar-down on Ben Bishop with a beautiful backhand release.

Not bad for your first.

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Former North Stars goalie Meloche dons retro mask at Alumni Game

Retired goaltender Gilles Meloche is one of 26 former members of the Minnesota Wild and North Stars who suited up for Saturday's Alumni Game against the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, and the 65-year-old took the ice in style.

Wearing the classic North Stars uniform, the 18-year NHL veteran also donned a retro mask, as seen in this photo with former teammate Don Beaupre.

The Minnesota squad features former North Stars greats Mike Modano, Neal Broten, and Bobby Smith as well as longtime Wild forwards Brian Rolston, Wes Walz, and Andrew Brunette.

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Lightning’s Carle finally finds scoresheet in 42nd game

The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up a big two points Saturday afternoon with a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins as a season-long slump ended for a veteran defenseman.

Matt Carle scored the game-winning goal and picked up an assist to record his first two points of the season in his 42nd game.

"There were a lot of goose eggs next to my name on the stat sheet, so it was nice to get rid of a few of those," Carle said postgame, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

The offensive outburst will be a welcome sight to general manager Steve Yzerman, who many believe would like to move the blue-liner - and the $11 million owed to him over the next two seasons - ahead of the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

For now, Carle will continue to fill in for the injured Jason Garrison.

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Hemsky getting chance on Stars’ top line with Seguin, Benn

Since ending a two-month goalless drought on Jan. 16, Dallas Stars forward Ales Hemsky has five goals in his last 14 games, and head coach Lindy Ruff is rewarding him for his efforts.

The 32-year-old veteran skated with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn on the team's first line during Friday's practice and is expected to remain on the top unit for Saturday's game against the Boston Bruins.

Hemsky is in the midst of his most productive stretch of the season, with four points in his last five games, and he credits his recent success to being more relaxed.

"Confidence helps for sure," he said, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. "Sometimes, you just have to stop thinking so much and just try to play your game. I think I'm skating better, and when you get a role that's more involved, that helps you. It feels good."

Though Hemsky's recent surge has come playing alongside youngsters Mattias Janmark and Valeri Nichushkin, Ruff is hopeful the Czech Republic native will continue to make plays with the team's pair of All-Stars.

"When Hemmer is skating the way he's skating, he's creating a lot of his own chances," Ruff said of the lineup shuffle. "It's an option I would like to try. I like where he's at. It's an opportunity to see if we can find something that's really dynamic."

The Stars will look to end a two-game losing skid Saturday as they sit one point behind the Chicago Blackhawks for the division lead.

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Flyers’ Giroux out vs. Maple Leafs with upper-body injury after Subban hit

Claude Giroux will not be playing in his native province on Saturday.

The Philadelphia Flyers' star center will miss the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury and is considered day to day, the team announced.

Giroux was the recipient of a P.K. Subban hit late in the third period of Friday's game in Montreal. He left the game briefly, but was able to return for overtime and participated in the shootout. No penalty was called on the play.

The Hearst, Ontario native and Flyers captain has appeared in all 57 games this season, and leads the team in scoring with 49 points.

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