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Seeing a Henrik Lundqvist jersey from the Swedish national team isn't uncommon at New York Rangers home games. But seeing 33 of them, seated together, at the Rangers' game against the Islanders on Thursday night? A little odd. Turns out the backstory was even odder: This was a group of window salespeople from Sweden who won a sales contest for their company; a contest whose bounty was an all-expenses-paid trip to New York, including seats in the 100s at Madison Square Garden. Their dream? That Lundqvist would notice them, potentially for a postgame photo-op with these window salespeople. You know, if it's not too much of a pane ... er, pain.

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Some brutal news for the Los Angeles Kings, who were flying high with a 5-0-1 start: Forward Jeff Carter is "out indefinitely" after suffering a cut to his left leg in Wednesday night's win over the Montreal Canadiens, following a hit from defenseman Jeff Petry in which Petry's skate sliced his left leg. GM Rob Blake said Carter had surgery to repair the injury, and that it didn't affect his Achilles. Blake declined to release a timetable for his return. Carter is an irreplaceable offensive weapon for the Kings, leading them with 32 goals and 34 assists in 82 games last season, and three assists in six games this season. His prolonged absence could derail the Kings' resurgence. After Carter and Anze Kopitar, there's a cliff-dive drop in quality at center.

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Through seven games, New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh has made some uncharacteristic and glaring errors. None have been more glaring than his turnover to Phil Kessel to set up Evgeni Malkin's overtime winner for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, which was a sprig of holly away from being perfectly giftwrapped. But coach Alain Vigneault says McDonagh, while pressing during the Rangers' underwhelming start (1-5-1), can turn it around. "Everyone looks at the last game, and what happened there, and you've gotta turn the page and move on and focus on tonight," he said ahead of Thursday night's home game against the Islanders. "Mac, like always, puts a lot on himself. There's probably a couple of decisions here and there that are not Mac-like. He's always been very dependable. Like some of our other guys, he's trying real hard to get this going in the right direction. But he's only one or two really solid plays away from being real good." For what it's worth, McDonagh is a minus-2 and doesn't have a point at even strength, but emphatically leads the team with a plus-32 in Corsi – over double that of Mika Zibanejad, who is second (plus-14). Which, again, might say more about the Rangers at this point than it does McDonagh.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN

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Kempe scores hat trick in 3rd period.

Adrian Kempe's first three goals of the season come in a hat trick all in the third period of the Kings' 5-1 win over the Canadiens.

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Cammalleri bats puck mid-air for goal.

Michael Cammalleri hits the deflected puck in flight to put the Kings up 3-1 in the 3rd period.

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Schwartz scores hat trick in win over Blackhawks.

Jaden Schwartz's hat trick was the difference in the Blues' 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.

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Matthews goes through the legs for the goal.

Auston Matthews shoots straight through the legs of the defender to extend the Maple Leafs' lead to 3-1.

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Kadri takes advantage of line change for first goal.

Nazem Kadri scores the first goal of the game as the Red Wings get caught on a line change to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead.

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Should NHL adopt new playoff format?

Woody Paige and Israel Gutierrez discuss whether NHL teams should be able to pick their own opponents.

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Betting on the Knights

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  • Issues with gambling on Golden Knights in Vegas? Don't bet on it

    The NHL hasn't asked for any restrictions on betting Vegas Golden Knights games in Las Vegas. As ESPN's Arash Markazi details, whether people at the games are fans of the team or bettors, there shouldn't be any issues in today's modern betting world.