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DeBoer praises 'ageless' Pavelski as he becomes active playoff goals leader

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Joe Pavelski once again proved himself to be timeless Thursday.

The 38-year-old Dallas Stars stalwart overtook the illustrious Alex Ovechkin as the league's active leader in playoff goals Thursday with his overtime marker in Game 4 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Rank Player GP Goals
1 Joe Pavelski 180 73
2 Alex Ovechkin 147 72
3 Sidney Crosby 180 71
4 Evgeni Malkin 177 67
T-5 Nikita Kucherov 142 53
T-5 Patrick Kane 143 53
T-5 Brad Marchand 146 53
T-5 Corey Perry 196 53

"He's ageless, you know? What do you say about him?" Stars head coach Peter DeBoer said postgame. "I've seen that movie over and over again - it never gets old.

"He lives for those moments. He wants to be in those situations ... and delivers almost every time."

Additionally, Pavelski has 18 career playoff game-winners, including four this postseason, tying him for fifth all time.

Rank Player GP Game-winning goals
T-1 Brett Hull 202 24
T-1 Wayne Gretzky 208 24
T-3 Joe Sakic 172 19
T-3 Claude Lemieux 234 19
T-5 Joe Pavelski 180 18
T-5 Maurice Richard 132 18

Pavelski also became the oldest player to have a four-goal game earlier this postseason. He's recorded nine tallies and 13 points across 12 playoff games this year.

The Stars are hoping to become the fifth team to erase a 3-0 deficit after their Game 4 victory. Pavelski has experience being on the other side of one of those historic comebacks, falling to the Los Angeles Kings while with the San Jose Sharks in 2014.

"You never think it can happen. ... You don't want to be in those situations, but when you're on the other side, you understand it can happen," he said.

Pavelski added: "You just have to keep putting your game out there and having the belief that you can buy more time and earn more time. … Keep trying to put a little doubt in their minds."

Puck drops on Game 5 in Vegas on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

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