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Blake played in his 146th and final playoff game, the Sharks 4-2 loss at the Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago would sweep San Jose in winning the Stanley Cup. Blake finished the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 1-1=2 in 15 games and 26-47=73 in 146 playoff games for the Kings, Avalanche and San Jose Sharks.
Blake played in his 1,270th and final regular season game a 3-2 shootout win for the Sharks. Blake finished his distinguished NHL career with 240 goals, 537 assists for 777 points. He also picked up 1,679 PIMs.
Blake scored his 240th and final regular season goal in the Sharks 2-1 win at Calgary.
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Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan named Rob Blake as the Sharks Captain. "It is a tremendous honor,” said Blake. “It will take the whole group. With the players we have here, the job will be easier.”
Blake played in his 1,200th NHL game, a 4-3 loss at STAPLES Center.
Three assists at Phoenix moved him past Mark Howe for 20th on the all-time list for points by a defenseman. Blake assisted on all three San Jose goals in a 4-3 loss to the Coyotes.
Scored a power play goal at Vancouver, passing Phil Housley for fourth on the all-time list for power play goals by a defenseman. The Sharks won the game 4-2. Blake finished his career with 136 pp goals.
Earned his 500th NHL assist on Patrick Marleau's second period goal in the Sharks 4-1 win over the Oilers.
Blake scored his first goal for the Sharks in a 5-4 shootout victory against the Blues at San Jose. Blake would score 17 goals for the Sharks in his two seasons in San Jose.
Blake records two assists and has seven shots on goal in his Sharks debut, a 4-1 win over Anaheim in the Season Opener. Blake finished with 10-35=45 with 110 PIMs in 73 games in his first season in San Jose.
Signed with San Jose as a free agent. “I’ve always admired the team,” Blake at the time. “They’re on the verge every year. It’s exciting to go up the road and play for a championship. You look at San Jose’s lineup. I see this as a very hungry team. They’re similar to when I went into Colorado. I want to fit into the team and help in any way possible.”
Blake scored his 700th NHL point in the Kings 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens. The point was a second-period power-play goal that brought the Kings within 3-1.
After Mattias Norstrom, who served as Kings Captain from 2001-02 to 2006-07, was traded to Dallas, Blake took over as Captain of the LA Kings. It was his second stint as LA's Captain after wearing the C from 1996 until his trade in 2001.
Blake pplayed in 1,000th NHL game in the Kings 6-4 loss at Phoenix.
Blake returns to Los Angeles, signing as a Free Agent with the Kings. Blake struggled in his second stint in Los Angeles, scoring 23-42=66 with a -45 rating in 143 games.
Blake became the 17th defenseman in NHL history to score 200 career goals during a 4-3 victory against the Blackhawks at Colorado. The goal by Blake was his second of the night and tied the scored with 57 seconds left.
Blake again represented Canada at the Winter Olympics in Torino as the Canadians finished seventh in the tournament. Blake was scoreless in five games with two PIMs.
Rob Blake started again for the Western Conference in the East's 6-4 win over the West at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Rob Blake started for the Western Conference in the West's 6-5 win over the East at the Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Fla.
Recorded his 500th NHL point with an assist on at Minnesota, becoming the 10th active defenseman to reach that milestone. The assist was on the first of two goals by Joe Sakic in Colorado's 3-2 OT loss to the Minnesota Wild.
Won gold medal with Canada at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City with Canada's 5-2 win over Team USA. Blake scored 1-2=3 in six games during the tournament.
Rob Blake returned to Los Angeles as an All-Star game as the Kings and STAPLES Center hosted the 2002 All-Star Game.
Blake hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche during his first season in Denver, as Colorado topped the New Jersey Devils in seven games. Blake led all NHL defensemen with 19 points (6g/13a) in the postseason, matching the franchise mark for playoff points by a blueliner.
Blake scores his first goal for the Avalanche in a 5-2 win against the Thrashers at Colorado. Blake also added an assist. Blake scored 62 goals for the Avs.
Blake made his Avalanche debut in Colorado's 4-1 win over Minnesota. Blake earned an assist, was +2 and recorded a shot on goal
Blake was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings along with Steven Reinprecht in exchange for Adam Deadmarsh, Aaron Miller, a player to be named later (Jared Aulin), the Avs’ first-round pick in the 2001 Entry Draft (Brian Boyle) and future considerations on Feb. 21, 2001.
Rob Blake earned his first point, an assist, in his final All-Star game appearance with the Kings in a 14-12 win for North America. Fellow Kings Ziggy Palffy (0-1=1) and Luc Robitaille (2-0=2) also appeared in the game.
Rob Blake scored three goals and assisted on two others with a game-high nine shots on goal in the Kings 5-5 tie with the NY Rangers at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Ziggy Palffy and Luc Robitaille also scored for LA.
At the 50th NHL All-Star Game, Blake went scoreless as the lone Kings representative in Canada's 9-4 loss to the World. Blake started for the North American Team with Chris Pronger on the blueline, Curtis Joseph in net and Steve Yzerman centering Paul Kariya and Brendan Shanahan.
Blake became the first King defenseman to score 100 goals and passed Steve Duchesne all-time leading scoring defenseman with point No. 316. The Kings' blueliner recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over Ottawa. Ray Ferraro set up goals by Philippe Boucher and Glen Murray, while Donald Audette also scored. Stephane Fiset made 29 saves en route to his second shutout of the season.
Rob Blake was one of three Kings (Mattias Norstrom and Luc Robitaille) at the 49th NHL All-Star game as North America defeated the World, 8-6.
After posting a 23-27=50 campaign for the LA Kings, Blake became the first player in team history to win the Norris Trophy, annually awarded to the NHL's best defenseman.
Blake was named Best Defenseman after scoring 1-1=2 in six games for Team Canada, which finished in fourth place at the Winter Olympics in Nagano. Blake was one of six Kings participating in the Game joining Vladimir Tsyplakov, Jozef Stumpel, Aki Berg, Mattias Norstrom and Kimmon Timmonen.
Blake tied a club record with four assists in one period during the second period. Theoren Fleury scored first for Calgary, but then the Kings scored the next four goals in the second period, as Ray Ferraro tied the game and then Glen Murray, Garry Galley and Nathan Lafayette scoring for a 4-1 Kings lead with Blake assisting on each goal. LA would prevail, 5-3. Three other Kings have tallied four helpers in one period: Wayne Gretzky (3/4/89 vs. Philadelphia), Tomas Sandstrom (10/9/93 vs. Detroit) and Pavol Demitra (11/13/05 at Columbus).
With Wayne Gretzky having been traded away to the St. Louis Blues, Blake became the 12th Captain in team history, a post he held until his trade to the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.
Blake suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the sixth game of the year, ending his season in the Kings scoreless tie at Washington. Blake hurt his leg twice in the game, hyper-extending it the first time and then injuring the knee with one minute remaining. "I was alone in front of the net, turned to go to the corner and felt a pop," Blake told the LA Times in 1995.
Blake, one of three Kings (Wayne Gretzky and Dave Taylor) selected to the All-Star game held at Madison Square Garden, went scoreless in his first All-Star game in the East's 9-8 win.
Montreal defeated the Kings 4-1 in game No. 5 to secure their 24th Stanley Cup Championship in the Kings lone trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. For his part, Blake contributed 4-6=10 in 23 games for the Campbell Conference Champions. Blake would win the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.
Blake caught fire early in 1992, scoring goals in six consecutive games all of which were on the road, as the Kings went 2-3-1 on a road trip through Calgary, Winnipeg, Minnesota, NY Islanders, Boston and Hartford. The streak would be snapped on Nov. 5, a 5-2 win over New Jersey. Blake finished the season scoring 16 goals and adding 43 assists in 76 games, to lead all Kings Blueliners.
Following a rookie season in which Blake tallied 12-34=46 and 125 PIMs in 75 games, he was named to NHL All-Rookie Team, joining G Ed Belfour, D Eric Weinrich and forwards Sergei Fedorov, Ken Hodge Jr. and Jaromir Jagr. Blake, at the time, was the fourth King to be named to the All-Rookie team (joining Jimmy Carson, Steve Duchesne and Luc Robitaille - 1987). There have been three Kings named to the squad since Blake: Jamie Storr (twice - 1998 and 99), Lubomir Visnovsky (2000-01) and Drew Doughty (2008-09).
Blake beat Vancouver Canucks goaltender Kirk McLean for his first NHL goal in the Kings road victory over Vancouver, 6-2.
After tallying 1-3=4 during the 1990 Stanley Cup playoffs, Blake tallied his first regular season NHL assist in the Kings 4-1 victory over the NY Islanders.
Rob Blake made his NHL debut on March 27, 1990, going scoreless in the Kings 4-4 tie with Winnipeg at the Forum. Blake would go scoreless in four regular season games during the 1989-90 season, but would add 1-3=4 in eight games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Rob Blake was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round, No. 70 overall in the 1988 NHL Draft. Blake had just completed his freshman season at Bowling Green State University, where he would play three seasons (39-65=104 in 131 games).