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by Paul on 11/18/13 at 01:02 PM ET
NEW YORK (Nov. 18, 2013) – Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens, Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin and Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 17.
FIRST STAR – BEN SCRIVENS, G, LOS ANGELES KINGS
Scrivens went 3-0-1 with a 0.66 goals-against average, .977 save percentage and two shutouts to help the Kings improve to 14-6-1 (29 points), their best record through the first 21 games of a season since 1990-91 (15-5-1, 31 points). He relieved injured starter Jonathan Quick for the final 1:20 of overtime, serving as the goaltender of record in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 12. Scrivens then started the next three games, posting 23 saves in a 3-2 comeback victory over the New York Islanders Nov. 14 and recording consecutive shutouts against the New Jersey Devils Nov. 15 (26 saves) and New York Rangers Nov. 17 (37 saves). The 27-year-old native of Spruce Grove, Alta., has not allowed a goal in his last 155:02 of playing time and leads the NHL with a 1.24 goals-against average, .955 save percentage and three shutouts in eight appearances this season.
SECOND STAR – TYLER SEGUIN, C, DALLAS STARS
Seguin paced all players with five goals and tied for first with seven points in leading the Stars to three straight victories. He scored the insurance marker in a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 13. Seguin then tallied a career-high four goals, including the game-winner, and five points in a 7-3 triumph over the Calgary Flames Nov. 14, becoming the first Stars player to register four goals in a game since Nov. 16, 2007 (Jussi Jokinen). He capped the week by collecting an assist in a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Nov. 17, extending his point streak to four games (6-2—8). The 21-year-old native of Brampton, Ont., leads the Stars, and is tied for sixth in the NHL, with 12-11—23 in 20 games this season.
THIRD STAR – JOSH HARDING, G, MINNESOTA WILD
Harding posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.38 goals-against average and .939 save percentage to help the Wild improve to 13-4-4 (30 points), their most points through the first 21 games of a season in franchise history. He relieved injured starter Niklas Backstrom in a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Nov. 13, stopping 19 shots, plus another two in the shootout, in 54:29 of playing time. Harding then recorded 22 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers Nov. 15 and 21 stops in a 2-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets Nov. 17 to extend his home-ice winning streak to 10 games. The 29-year-old native of Regina, Sask., is 12-2-2 in 17 appearances this season and ranks second in the League in goals-against average (1.25), save percentage (.946) and shutouts (tied, 2).
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