Steven Stamkos is the NHL's No. 1 star of the week
Lightning center Steven Stamkos was named the NHL's first star of the week for the week ending Sunday. Stamkos had three goals and seven points in three Tampa Bay victories, and had the shootout winner Sunday against the Panthers.
It is the third time Stamkos has been the league's first star.
Here is the announcement from the league:
NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos,
Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel and Vancouver Canucks center
Ryan Kesler have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending
FIRST STAR – STEVEN STAMKOS, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Stamkos tied for the League lead with seven points (3-4—7) in helping
the Lightning win a trio of games. He opened the week with 2-2—4, including
the primary assist on Martin St. Louis’ overtime winner, in a 6-5 victory
over the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 24. Stamkos then recorded one assist in a
3-2 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres Oct. 26 and 1-1—2, plus the shootout
winner, in a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers Oct. 27. The 23-year-old
native of Markham, Ont., has posted five multi-point games this season and
ranks second in the NHL with 17 points (8-9—17) in 11 contests.
SECOND STAR – PHIL KESSEL, RW, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Kessel found the back of the net in all three of Toronto’s games,
leading the NHL with five goals while scoring on half of his 10 shots. He
recorded his fourth career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in a
4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Oct. 22. Kessel added a goal in a 5-2
loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 25 and closed the week with 1-1—2 in
a 4-1 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 26. The 26-year-old native
of Madison, Wis., has recorded at least one point in nine of his 12 games
this season, totaling 7-7—14 to lead the Maple Leafs in goals and points.
THIRD STAR – RYAN KESLER, C, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Kesler ranked second in the NHL with four goals and tied for third
with six points as the Canucks closed a season-long, seven-game road trip
with three consecutive wins (5-1-1 overall). He opened the week with a pair
of 1-1—2 games: in a 5-4 overtime win over the New York Islanders Oct. 22
and in a 3-2 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils Oct. 24. Kesler
then scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in a 3-2 triumph over
the St. Louis Blues Oct. 25. The 29-year-old native of Livonia, Mich.,
leads the Canucks with seven goals, including two game-winners, and ranks
third on the team with 10 points in 13 games this season.