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by Paul on 11/04/13 at 12:01 PM ET
NEW YORK (Nov. 4, 2013) – Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 3.
FIRST STAR – JASON POMINVILLE, RW, MINNESOTA WILD
Pominville tied for the League lead in goals (4) and points (6), scoring in all three games to help the Wild (8-4-3, 19 points) earn four out of a possible six points. Pominville recorded Minnesota’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 28. He then posted a season-high three points (2-1—3), including the game-winning goal, in a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 1. Pominville closed the week by registering 1-1—2, his third multi-point game of the season, in a 4-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Nov. 3. The 30-year-old native of Repentigny, Que., has scored in four consecutive games (6-2—8), his longest goal-scoring streak since Nov. 12-19, 2008 (4-2—6 in four games). He is tied for third in the NHL with 10 goals this season and also leads the Wild with 12 points, three game-winning goals and a +6 rating in 15 games.
SECOND STAR – MARC-ANDRE FLEURY, G, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Fleury posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .940 save percentage as the Penguins (11-4-0, 22 points) won all four of their games to remain in first place in the Metropolitan Division. Fleury made 20 saves in a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 28 and 21 stops in a 3-2 triumph over the Boston Bruins Oct. 30. He capped the week by recording a season-high 37 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Nov. 1, becoming the first netminder in the NHL to reach 10 wins. The 28-year-old native of Sorel, Que., is 10-2-0 in 12 appearances this season, ranking in the top 10 in the League in wins, goals-against average (1.83) and save percentage (.929).
THIRD STAR – JASON CHIMERA, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Chimera tied for the League lead with six points (2-4—6) in three games, helping the Capitals (7-7-0, 14 points) pick up four out of a possible six points. He opened the week with 1-1—2, his second multi-point game of the season, in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 28. Chimera then posted a career-high four points (1-3—4) in a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 1, stretching his goal-scoring streak to a career-long four games (4-5—9). His three assists also matched a career high, first accomplished March 25, 2007, as a member of the Blue Jackets. The 34-year-old native of Edmonton, Alta., has played in 14 games this season, ranking fourth on the Capitals with 11 points (5-6—11).
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