Today the National Hockey League announced their Three Stars of the Week for the week of October 17th through 23rd.
First Star – Rasmus Dahlin (D – BUF)
- This past week Rasmus Dahlin would lead all defensemen in scoring with with three goals and two assists for five points in the three games he would play for the Buffalo Sabres. On Oct. 18th Dahlin would open the week with a goal in a 4-2 victory over Edmonton, and then two nights later on Oct. 20th he would make history as the first defenseman to record a goal in their first four games of the season with a goal and an assist in a 6-3 victory over Calgary. Then to close out the week Dahlin would record another goal and assist in a 5-1 victory over Vancouver on Oct. 22nd to extend the NHL record for defensemen with his fifth consecutive game with a goal to start the season, and also set a franchise record for longest goal streak for a defenseman at any time during the season for the Sabres.
Second Star – Brady Tkachuk (LW – OTT)
- Brady Tkachuk would be on fire for the Ottawa Senators this past week as he would record three goals and four assists for seven points in three games played. Tkachuk would start the week off with a goal and two assists in the Sens 7-5 victory over Boston for their home opener on Oct. 18th. Then on Oct. 20th he would record two assists and eight shots in a 5-2 victory over Washington, and to close out the week Tkachuk would record a pair of goals against Arizona in a 6-2 victory on Oct. 22nd.
Third Star – MacKenzie Blackwood (G – NJ)
- MacKenzie Blackwood would go a perfect 3-0-0 for the New Jersey Devils this past week which would see him post a 1.33 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. Blackwood would start the week with a 18 save 4-2 victory over Anaheim on Oct. 18th, and then on Oct. 20th he would stop 16 shots in a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders. To close out the week Blackwood would make 21 saves in a 2-1 victory over San Jose on Oct. 22nd.
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