Paul LaDue becomes first GF native to score NHL playoff goal since 1944
Former Grand Forks Central and UND standout defenseman Paul LaDue became the first Grand Forks native to score an NHL playoff goal since 1944 on Friday night (see video below).
LaDue, who plays for the Los Angeles Kings, scored on a point shot with 4:45 left in the second period to even their game with the Vegas Golden Knights. LaDue's Kings lost 2-1 in double overtime.
The last Grand Forks native to score an NHL playoff goal was Cliff 'Fido' Purpur, who scored once in the 1944 playoffs for the Chicago Blackhawks. Purpur's goal came in the semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings. It was his lone NHL playoff goal.
Purpur's grandson, Casey, was a teammate with LaDue at Central.
LaDue is the only Kings player to score a goal in the playoffs so far. They trail Vegas 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.