The NHL announced yesterday their Three Stars of the week, for the week ending January 27th.
The First Star of the week went to San Jose Sharks winger Patrick Marleau. Marleau started the season on a tear. He became 2nd player in NHL history to start the season with four consecutive multi-goal games. Cy Denneny in 1917-18 was the only other player to accomplish the feat. Marleau finished with the week with nine goals and four assists for 13 points. Three of Marleau’s nine goals were game winners. The Shark power play was a key factor into Marleau’s hot start. Nine of his 13 points came on the power play, with five goals and assists.
Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks was the NHL’s Second Star. Crawford backstopped the Blackhawks to an undefeated start of the season, posting a 5-0-0 record in their first six games. He posted a 1.78 goals against average and .933 save percentage. Crawford allowed only nine goals on 134 shots in victories over the Kings, Blues, Stars, Blue Jackets and Red Wings.
Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning was the NHL’s Third Star of the week. St. Louis scored three goals and recorded eight assists for 11 points, which is good enough for third in league scoring. Four points came on the power play, two goals and two assists. One of his three goals was a game winner.
HONORABLE MENTIONS – SportsCity.com opinion
Our honorable mentions could have easily replaced the NHL’s 2nd and 3rd Stars in our opinion.
Joe Thornton (SJ) – Thornton deserves some credit for Marleau’s hot start. Thornton is tied with Marleau for the lead in scoring with 13 points. He has three goals and 10 assists. On the power play, Thornton tallied two goals and added seven assists.
Craig Anderson (Ott) – Anderson is leading all goaltenders with a 0.74 goals against average and .975 save percentage. Anderson was 3-0-1 for the week with one shutout. He allowed only three goals on 119 shots.