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Staal Named NHL First Star of the Week

Hurricanes' leading scorer had four-goal, six-point night at Tampa Bay on Saturday

Monday, 03.9.2009 / 2:04 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Staal Named NHL First Star of the Week

The National Hockey League today named Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal its first star of the week for the period ending March 8. Staal scored five goals and earned four assists (9 points) in helping the Hurricanes’ to a 3-0-0 record last week in games at Washington, against Calgary and at Tampa Bay.

Staal, 24, set new Hurricanes records (since the team’s relocation in 1997) and tied the franchise records for goals and points in a game with his four-goal, six-point night in Carolina’s 9-3 win at Tampa Bay on Saturday. He carries a season-long five-game points streak (2/26-3/7: 5g, 7a) into tonight’s home game against the New York Rangers. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native has 32 goals in 67 games this season, and is one of just five NHL players to reach the 30-goals mark in each of the last four seasons (Heatley, Iginla, Kovalchuk and Ovechkin are the other four). The Hurricanes drafted Staal (6’4”, 215 lbs.) in the first round, second overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72