Pacioretty, Duclair & Eichel named NHL ‘Three Stars’
Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty, Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec 15.
First Star – Max Pacioretty, LW, Vegas Golden Knights: Pacioretty led all skaters with 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) in four contests to help the Golden Knights (18-13-5, 41 points) win three of four contests to move into second place in the Pacific Division and one point back of the Arizona Coyotes (19-12-4, 42 points) for first. Pacioretty, who has scored a goal in each of his last four appearances, opened the week with one goal in a 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Dec. 10, and then scored another goal in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues Dec. 12. He then registered back-to-back multi-point performances with a goal and an assist, including the overtime winner, in a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Dec. 13 and a season-high four points (2/2) in a 6-3 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks on Dec. 15. The 31-year-old, a native of New Canaan, Connecticut, is in his second campaign with the Golden Knights and leads all Vegas skaters in goals (15), assists (19) and points (34) in 2019-20.
Second Star – Anthony Duclair, LW, Ottawa Senators: Duclair tied for the NHL lead with five goals, including a pair of multi-goal outings, totaling 6 points across three games to help the Senators (14-17-2, 30 points) capture five of a possible six standings points. Duclair opened the week with 2/1 in a 5-2 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins on Dec. 9 and then was held without a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 11. But Duclair closed the week by capping his third career hat trick with the overtime winner in a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 14. A 24-year-old native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Duclair leads all Senators skaters and ranks tied for ninth in the NHL with 18 goals this season (33 games) – two shy of his career high set in 2015-16 (20 goals in 81 games). Since being acquired by Ottawa in a trade on Feb. 23, Duclair has registered 39 points (26/13) in 55 games – only nine players in the league have scored more regular-season goals over that timeframe.
•Third Star – Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo Sabres: Eichel recorded multiple points in each of his three appearances last week and tied for the NHL lead with five goals and 6 points in three games to help the Sabres (16-11-7, 39 points) gain five of a possible six standings points and move into second place in the Atlantic Division. Eichel opened the week with consecutive two-goal games, including the game-winning tally in a 5-2 victory over the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues on Dec. 10, and then another pair of goals in a 4-3 triumph over the Nashville Predators on Dec. 12. He capped the week with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Dec. 14 to extend his point streak to 16 games (15/14 in 16 games) – the longest by any player this season and longest by a Sabres skater since Tim Connolly in 2009-10 (16 games). A 23-year-old native of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Eichel ranks among the top 10 this season in goals (23, second), assists (25, ninth) and points (48, t-fifth).