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NHL 3 Stars of The Week

NHL 3 Stars of The Week

Canadian NHL Stars of the Week

Third Star – C Evgeni Malkin

Pittsburgh Penguins

Evgeni Malkin continues his quest to score the most points in the 2018 calendar year. Since January 1st, Malkin has registered 25 goals and 51 points with the Pittsburgh Penguins, tops among all players during this period of time. His ability to take over games doesn’t seem to wane at all, even at the age of 31, when many players begin to decline.

He ranks third in goal scoring with 39 and second in points with 87 in 66 games. Over the past week, he earned eight points and three goals, helping the Penguins win three out of four games. Geno had a three-point game against the Flames, notched a goal and an assist in a win over the Flyers and had his third multi-point effort of the week in a win over the Stars.

The Penguins should be considered the favorites for a Stanley Cup three-peat, especially with Malkin playing like a madman. Defending against Crosby, Malkin and Kessel remains next to impossible for most clubs, giving Penguins a massive advantage.

Second Star – LW Brad Marchand

Boston Bruins

Brad Marchand continues to anger everyone in the league, except teammates and fans of the Boston Bruins. His nose for the net has been prolific when he hasn’t been injured or suspended, ranking fourth in points per game at 1.30. During 53 games this season, Marchand’s scored 29 goals and 40 assists, leading the Bruins attack on most evenings.

This super pest managed to notch four tallies and pitch in another four assists over the past week, beginning with a hat trick and two assists during a 6-5 win against the Detroit Red Wings. Brad then scored the game winner against the Flyers – his third consecutive GWG. He capped his week off with two assists against the Blackhawks, before missing the second of a back-to-back against Chicago.

The Bruins have managed to keep within striking distance of the Tampa Bay Lightning because of Marchand’s superstar production, six points behind the Lightning with two games in hand. Boston hopes that Marchand won’t miss many more games, which would be a devastating loss before the post season.

First Star – RW Patrik Laine

Winnipeg Jets

Patrik’s only 19 and he’s already next to impossible to stop. Laine’s put together a franchise-best 11-game point streak, scoring 15 goals and adding six assists. He’s scored in five-consecutive games, bulging the twine nine times. After scoring five goals last week, he become the 9th teenager to reach 40 goals in a single NHL season.

Laine started the week by contributing all three tallies in a 3-0 shutout against the New York Rangers. He’d go on to finish his historic week with a goal against the Devils and the Flyers, notching five of seven goals scored by the Jets over the past three games.

Patrik now has 40 goals and 63 points in 68 games, catching up with Alexander Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard trophy. If Laine plays close to this level during the playoffs, the Winnipeg Jets will be extremely difficult to stop during their post season cup run.

Three Stars Canadian Honorable Mentions

C – Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid continues to show the NHL that he doesn’t really need all that much help to dominate when he’s on the ice. The Oilers have put together a three-game win streak over the past week because of Connor’s dominance, which featured a two-goal, three-point night which included the game winner against the Wild. Connor scored three and assisted on a pair to earn a well-deserved honorable mention for this week’s three stars.

LW – Johnny Gaudreau – Calgary Flames

Johnny Hockey was responsible for more than half of all Flames goals scored over the past week, leading Calgary to a 2-1 record, staying afloat in the battle for a post season spot. Gaudreau scored a goal and four assists against the Sabres, Senators and Islanders, extending his point scoring streak to four matches. He leads Calgary with 21 goals and 79 points in 70 games; he’ll be considered a Hart Trophy candidate if the Flames make the playoffs.

G – Cam Talbot – Edmonton Oilers

After carrying the Oilers to a playoff spot last season, Cam Talbot’s had a difficult 2017-18 campaign. He recently displayed some of the superb netminding which garnered Vezina consideration last year, winning three games in a row last week. He allowed a total of five goals against the Wild, Islanders and Coyotes, stopping 94 of 99 shots for a .949 SV%. Perhaps Edmonton will help him out a little next year.


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