Monday afternoon the NHL announced its three stars of the week for the week ending January 15th. As part of that announcement, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has been selected as the league’s number one star. Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Carolina Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn were stars two and three.
Fresh off his 500th assist, Backstrom led the league in assists and point during the week of January 15th, with 7 assists and 10 points respectively. He is now 10th in scoring league wide, with 42 points in 43 games played.
This follows up Braden Holtby’s third star selection last week.
The NHL just announced their stars of the month for January. And a Capital’s in the top three again.
Braden Holtby was named the NHL’s second star in both November and December. Now Evgeny Kuznetsov has been named the first star of January after scoring 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 10 games. During the first month of 2016, Kuznetsov ranked second in the NHL in points. He also leads the Caps overall with 49.
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It’s Monday, which means it’s time for the NHL’s Stars of the Week. Braden Holtby, the best goalie in the league, is normally honored with these things. Not this week. Instead, the honor goes to Alex Ovechkin, who on was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week after scoring his 498th, 499th, 500th, and 501st goals in just over 24 hours. Ovechkin has done all of this in a league where scoring continues to go down. He now leads the league with 26 goals. It’s amazing.
“To get 500 in this league with how everybody playing, the goalies, it’s pretty cool,” Ovechkin said after the game Sunday.
Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek and Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie were the runners-up.
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been named the NHL’s first star of the week. It’s the first time Kuzy has been named one of the NHL’s three stars in his young career.
Kuznetsov had six assists and nine points last week, including his first career hat trick Friday against Edmonton. Also, don’t forget that sick game-winning assist either. The Caps went undefeated (3-0) while Kuznetsov centered the team’s first line during their West Coast road trip. He is amongst the league leaders in points. Go Zhenya!
Image by the Capitals
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was impressive on and off the ice in January. On Monday he was named the NHL’s first star for the month of January.
Ovi had points in 9 of 13 games and led all NHL players with 12 goals. You can relive all of those goals here on RMNB.
Photo credit: Alex Brandon
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been named NHL’s number one star of the week, beating out two goaltenders I’ve never heard of in my life.
I think you’ll agree, Ovechkin had a pretty good week. He scored two last-minute game-tying goals, had a four goal game, bloodied Brayden Schenn with a huge body check, and helped make this tremendous holiday-themed music video. Oh, wait, I’m being told that making the music video did not impact voting.
Dammit, it should have though!
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