81 gets top NHL star

81 gets top NHL star

November 28, 2017 3:00 AM
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Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 26.

Marchessault registered pacing the NHL with six assists and nine points overall (3-6-9) in his last three games to power the expansion Golden Knights (15-6-1, 31 points) to a perfect week and the top of the Pacific Division standings. He opened the week with his fourth career three-point performance in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 22.

Marchessault then collected his second career overtime goal, as well as two assists, in a 5-4 triumph against the San Jose Sharks Nov. 24. He added his third straight three-point outing, including an assist on the decisive goal, in a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes Nov. 25. The 26-year-old Cap-Rouge, Quebec native is the only player with three consecutive three-point performances this season. He ranks second on the Golden Knights with 21 points in 19 games.

The second star went to Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who went 3-0-0 with a 1.32 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and one shutout to help the Blue Jackets (15-7-1, 31 points) extend their winning streak to six games overall. He made 30 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 20, earned his 22nd career shutout with 22 stops in a 1-0 overtime win against the Calgary Flames Nov. 22 and turned aside 24 shots in a 5-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators Nov. 24.

The 29-year-old Novokuznetsk, Russia, native – who has been in net for each of Columbus’ six straight victories (0.98 GAA, .966 SV%, 2 SO) – leads the NHL with a 1.91 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and three shutouts (tied) in 19 appearances this season (14-4-1).

The third star is Washington left winger Alex Ovechkin, who paced the NHL with five goals in four games (5-0-5) to guide the Capitals (14-10-1, 29 points) to a trio of wins. After being held off the scoresheet in a 4-1 loss to Calgary, Ovechkin scored in each of his next three outings. That included one goal in both a 5-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators Nov. 22 and 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning Nov. 24.

Ovechkin capped the week with his 20th career hat trick in a 4-2 win over Toronto. The 32-year-old native of Moscow leads the NHL with 18 goals and 25 points in 25 contests.