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by Paul on 03/31/14 at 12:02 PM ET
NEW YORK (March 31, 2014) – Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 30.
FIRST STAR – KYLE TURRIS, C, OTTAWA SENATORS
Turris led all players with seven points (4-3—7) and a +7 rating (tied) to help the Senators (31-29-14, 76 points) go 3-0-1 and move within six points of a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. He opened the week with one goal in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning March 24. After posting two assists and a shootout goal in a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers March 25, Turris recorded his fifth game-winning goal of the season, a career high, in a 5-3 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks March 28. He then capped the week with 2-1—3, his second three-point performance of the season, in a 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames March 30. The 24-year-old native of New Westminster, B.C., leads the Senators with a career-high 25 goals and +21 rating this season, and also has set single-season bests in assists (30), points (55) and games played (74).
SECOND STAR – PATRICE BERGERON, C, BOSTON BRUINS
Bergeron (5-1—6) found the back of the net in all four games, extending his goal-scoring streak to seven contests (8-2—10) while helping the Bruins (52-17-6, 110 points) maintain the top spot in the NHL standings. After tallying Boston's lone goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens March 24, Bergeron scored twice, including his seventh game-winner of the season, in a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks March 27. He then added 1-1—2 in a 4-2 triumph over the Washington Capitals March 29 and wrapped up the week with his 27th goal of the season, plus another tally in the shootout, in a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers March 30. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bergeron is the first Bruins player to score in seven consecutive team games since Cam Neely, who found the back of the net in eight straight from Dec. 9-23, 1990. The 28-year-old native of Ancienne-Lorette, Que., has appeared in 75 games this season, posting 27-29—56 while ranking second in the NHL with a +36 rating.
THIRD STAR – T.J. OSHIE, RW, ST. LOUIS BLUES
Oshie tied for second in the NHL with six points (4-2—6) in three games to help the Blues (50-17-7, 107 points) remain in first place in the Western Conference. He registered 1-2—3, his 14th multi-point game of the season, in a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs March 25. Oshie then recorded his first career hat trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 5-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild March 27 before being held off the scoresheet in a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars March 29. The 27-year-old native of Everett, Wash., has set career highs in nearly every offensive category this season, including goals (21), assists (39), points (60) and game-winning goals (5), while playing in 73 of 74 contests.
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