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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.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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