AHL Round-up: Lagace, Ward and Arvidsson also on the scoresheet

Texas Stars forward Maxime Lagace has been called up to AHL team Texas Stars. He will serve as the backup netminder to Dutch goalie Antti Niemi.

Niemi came up from Texas for his third stint with the Texas Stars this season. He had previously served as the starter with Texas when he was acquired by Dallas in December.

Max has been through five different NHL teams, and will make his 27th NHL appearance of the season. He was originally drafted by Carolina in 2008.

Pavelski, in his sixth season with the San Jose Sharks, was the 12th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut in 2009 and has been nothing short of spectacular.

Pav received an assist in the third period and now has nine goals and 38 points to his name. His stat line at the world championships in the Czech Republic was rather unimpressive. He did finish with two goals and five points in six games played for the Sefcovy Devils.

Dallas forward Cody Eakin also has 8 points at the world championships, while teammate Antoine Roussel has two assists and 9 points.

After going without a goal in his first 12 games, Anze Kopitar has now scored in two of his last three contests. He leads the Kings with four goals and 12 points, and has notched a point in all but three of his 68 games played this season.

Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson and Chicago Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat both scored their 13th goals of the season in Thursday night’s contest.

Arvidsson scored his goal during the first period to give Nashville a 2-0 lead, while DeBrincat’s goal came with 8:39 remaining in the third period for Chicago’s third goal of the evening.

Carolina Hurricanes winger Sebastian Aho became the 16th different player to record a hat trick in a game this season. He scored two goals in the first period, and his third came with two minutes remaining in the third period.

Earlier in the day, the Anaheim Ducks activated forward Patrick Eaves from injured reserve. The 30-year-old is a big part of the Ducks’ future plan.

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel now has 11 points this season. It is his first 40-point season.

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