Tyler Seguin Named NHL's First Star of the Week
Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov and New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the period ending Mar. 9.
FIRST STAR- TYLER SEGUIN, C, DALLAS STARS
Seguin led the NHL with nine points (4-5--9) as the Stars (31-23-10) earned six of a possible eight points for the week, strengthening their hold on the second Wild Card position in the Western Conference. Seguin notched one assist in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres Mar. 3 and tallied five points, including his third hat trick of the season, in a 6-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks Mar. 6. He finished the week by tallying a goal and two assists in a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild Mar. 8. Seguin's eight-point outburst was the most points by a Stars player in a two-game span since the 1992-93 season, when Mike Modano notched 3-5--8 from Feb. 1-3. The 22-year-old Brampton, Ont. native ranks fifth in NHL scoring with a team-leading 66 points (29-37--66), while his Stars-high 29 goals is tied for sixth overall.
SECOND STAR -- ARTEM ANISIMOV, C, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Anisimov recorded four goals, including three game-winners, as the Blue Jackets (33-26-5) recorded three victories in four starts to secure the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. After closing the previous week by scoring the game-winning goal against Florida Mar. 1, Anisimov became the first player in Blue Jackets history to score the game-winner in three consecutive games with deciding tallies on Mar. 3 at Toronto (2-1) and Mar. 4 vs. Dallas (two goals, 4-2). After the streak ended at Chicago on Mar. 6, he registered the club's fourth consecutive game-winner with a third-period goal in a 1-0 win at Nashville on Mar. 8. The 25-year-old Yaroslavl, Russia, native has collected 19-14--33 in 64 games this season, setting a career high in goals.
THIRD STAR - ADAM HENRIQUE, C, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Henrique tallied a League-leading five goals last week, powering the Devils (28-24-13) to two wins in three starts. Henrique notched one goal in a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Mar. 4, scored twice in a 7-4 loss to Detroit Mar. 7 and finished the week recording a pair of goals in a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Mar. 8. Henrique's two-goal performance extended his goal streak to six games, during which he's tallied nine times. The only player with a longer goal streak in the League this season is Anaheim's Corey Perry, who scored in seven consecutive games from Nov. 29 to Dec. 11. The 24-year-old Brantford, Ont., native leads the Devils in goals with a career-high 23 in 65 games.