White-hot Stars rookie John Klingberg scores a long-distance goal

Stars rookie John Klingberg has been on a roll offensively of late, but he'll never score a goal as far away from the net as he was when he beat Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth Tuesday in Dallas.
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Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg is just 22 years old, but he may never score a goal further away from the net than the one he did Tuesday night against the Oilers.

The Swedish blueliner, who was selected 131st overall by Dallas in 2010, grabbed the puck between center ice and Edmonton's blueline and fired a slapshot from there – well, something that started out as a slapshot, anyway – at Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth, who had a clear look at it, but whiffed on it completely:

Klingberg's slapshot turned into a knuckleball soon after he released it, and it moved unpredictably before it went past Fasth on his glove side for his third goal of the season (and third in as many games). Klingberg added an assist Tuesday and now has eight points in his past five games for the Stars (and eight points in the first eight games of his NHL career). He's also averaging more than 23 minutes a night – and needless to say, if he keeps this up, he'll be a frontrunner for the Calder Trophy as the league's top first-year player.

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