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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Jan. 17, 2022) – Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 16.

NHL Public Relations January 17, 2022
 

FIRST STAR – BRAD MARCHAND, LW, BOSTON BRUINS

Marchand recorded multiple points in each of his four outings, pacing the NHL with six goals, 10 points and five power-play points (2-3—5) to help the Bruins (22-11-2, 46 points) extend their winning streak to five games dating to Jan. 8. He opened the week with consecutive three-point performances, collecting 2-1—3 in a 7-3 triumph over the Washington Capitals Jan. 10, followed by his fifth career hat trick – including the game-winning goal – in a 5-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens Jan. 12. Marchand then added two assists in a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 13 and 1-1—2 in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Nashville Predators Jan. 15. In doing so, he matched a career high with multiple points in five straight games (dating to Jan. 8: 8-4—12) and became the third player in Boston history to reach the 20-goal milestone in at least 11 seasons (also Johnny Bucyk: 16x and Patrice Bergeron: 12x). The 33-year-old Halifax, N.S., native has appeared in 30 total contests this season, ranking among the League leaders in shorthanded goals (t-3rd; 2), power-play points (5th; 17), points per game (6th; 1.43), goals (t‑7th; 20), points (8th; 43) and power-play assists (t-10th; 11).

 

SECOND STAR – MARC-ANDRE FLEURY, G, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Fleury turned aside 88 of the 92 shots he faced, compiling a 3-0-0 record, 1.32 goals-against average, .957 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Blackhawks (15-18-5, 35 points) to a perfect week and their fourth consecutive win dating to Jan. 8. Fleury yielded two goals in each of his first two starts, making 24 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 11 and 27 stops in a 3‑2 overtime triumph against the Montreal Canadiens Jan. 13. He capped the week with 37 saves on 37 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Jan. 15, becoming the 14th goaltender in NHL history to earn at least 70 career shutouts. The 37-year-old Sorel, Que., native and reigning Vezina Trophy winner has played in 26 total games this season, going 13-11-2 with a 2.73 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and three shutouts.

 

THIRD STAR – NIKITA KUCHEROV, RW, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Kucherov registered 3-4—7 in three contests to power the Lightning (26-9-5, 57 points) to a trio of wins, helping them keep pace with the Florida Panthers (26-7-5, 57 points) for first place both in the Atlantic Division and overall NHL standings. Kucherov notched his fourth career hat trick – and first since March 23, 2017 (at BOS) – in a 6-1 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres Jan. 11. He then posted two assists in each of his next two games, a 4-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks Jan. 13 and a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars Jan. 15. The 28-year-old Maykop, Russia, native has collected 4-9—13 in eight total appearances this season, including 3-6—9 in five games since returning from injury Jan. 6.

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