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NHL Three Stars of the Week

johntavares1FIRST STAR – John Tavares New York Islanders

Tavares lead the NHL with five goals last week, while adding two assists. He had a goal and an assist against the Hurricanes. His week was topped off with a hat trick , a four point night, against the Devils on Saturday night. Tavares is currently tied for sixth in league scoring with 20 points. He has 11 goals and nine assists in 14 games.

SECOND STAR – Viktor Fasth Anaheim Ducks

The 30-year old Fasth, in his first NHL season, backstopped to the Ducks to a 3-0-0 week. The posted a 1.89 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage. He made a 28 saves in a 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks. Fasth made 26 saves in a 5-2 win over the Red Wings and 32 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Predators. Fasth is the third goalie in history to start his NHL career with eight or more wins. Ray Emery started 9-0-0 from 2003 to 2005. Bob Froese started his Flyers career going 8-0-0 in 1983.

THIRD STAR – Jiri Tlusty Carolina Hurricanes

Jiri Tlusty scored four goals and added two assists in three games last week for the Hurricanes. He had a four point night last Monday against the Islanders, two goals and two assists. On Tuesday he scored two goals including the game winner. On the season Tlusty has five goals and four assists in 13 games and is a +10.

SPORTSCITY.COM HONORABLE MENTION – Pekka Rinne Nashville Predators

Rinne posted a 2-0-1 record last week, including shutouts over the Sharks (1-0 OT with 25 saves) and Coyotes (3-0 with 19 saves). Rinne made 20 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Ducks.

Highlights from John Tavares’ four point night.

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Mark is the NHL editor for Sports City and myNHLtraderumors.com. Lives north of Toronto in the snow-belt, not a big fan of snow. Despises lockouts.

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