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Staal Named NHL's Third Star of the Week

Monday, 12.20.2010 / 1:16 PM ET / News
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Staal Named NHL\'s Third Star of the Week
NEW YORK -- Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene and left wing Tomas Fleischmann plus Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the period ending Dec. 19.

FIRST STAR -- MATT DUCHENE, C, COLORADO AVALANCHE

Duchene notched a League-leading seven points (four goals, three assists) last week, highlighted by a pair of dramatic game-winning goals, as the Avalanche (19-10-4) extended their winning streak to six games and reclaimed first place in the Northwest Division. He tallied two goals, including the game-winner at 18:36 of the third period, and an assist in a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Dec. 13, recorded assists on a pair of Tomas Fleischmann goals in the third period of a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks Dec. 15 and scored twice, including the first overtime goal of his NHL career, in a 6-5 win over the Ottawa Senators Dec. 17. Duchene's three-game point streak ended but he led all Avalanche players in ice time (21:04) during a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Dec. 19. The 19-year-old Haliburton, Ontario native leads the Avalanche in scoring with 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in 33 games.

SECOND STAR -- TOMAS FLEISCHMANN, LW, COLORADO AVALANCHE

Fleischmann joined new linemate Duchene atop the League scoring list, notching four goals and three assists in four Avalanche victories. Playing his first home game since his Nov. 30 acquisition from Washington, Fleischmann tallied a goal and two assists, all in the third period, in the 7-5 win over the Blackhawks Dec. 13. He engineered more late-game heroics to spark his club to a sweep of the home-and-home series with Chicago, tallying three third-period goals for his first NHL hat trick in the 4-3 win at United Center Dec. 15. Fleischmann recorded one assist in the 6-5 win against Ottawa and had his three-game point streak snapped in 20:12 of ice time in the 3-2 win over Montreal. He has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in nine games with Colorado since the trade from Washington.

THIRD STAR -- ERIC STAAL, C, CAROLINA HURRICANES

Staal tallied five points (four goals, one assist) in three games, helping the Hurricanes (15-12-4) post three consecutive victories and close within four points of the eighth playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Staal recorded one assist in a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers Dec. 15 and tallied the game-tying goal in the third period of a 3-2 shootout win against the Atlanta Thrashers Dec. 16. He finished the week by notching the 12th hat trick of his NHL career in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Dec. 18. Staal's career hat trick total is tied with that of New York Rangers' Marian Gaborik and Ottawa's Alex Kovalev for second place among active NHL players, trailing only Teemu Selanne of Anaheim (21).The Hurricanes captain leads his club in scoring with 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists) in 31 games, his most productive start since the 2005-06 Stanley Cup championship season.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81