McDavid leads the 3 stars of the week
NEW YORK – – Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavidleft wing of the New Jersey Devils Jesper Bratt and the Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named NHL “Three Stars” for the week ending October 30.
FIRST STAR: CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS
McDavid went an NHL-leading 4-4-8 – with all eight points coming on game-tying or Oilers-leading goals – in four outings to propel Edmonton (6-3-0, 12 points) to a perfect week and in second place in the Pacific Division. After being shut out in a 6-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 24, McDavid bounced back with the lead assist on Ryan Nugent-Hopkin’s tie-breaking goal in a 3- 1 on the St. Louis Blues on October 26. The Oilers captain then tallied seven points in a pair of comeback wins, going 3-1-4 (including his second hat trick of the season) in a 6-5 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on 27 October and went 1-2-3 (his fourth-best League three-point performance of the campaign) in a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on October 29. McDavid, who set career highs in goals (44), assists (79) and points (123) last season. en route to capturing his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy and fourth overall as the league’s leading scorer, currently leads the NHL in goals (9) and points (18) through nine contests so far in 2022-23.
SECOND STAR: JESPER BRATT, LW, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Bratt went 4-3-7, including a game-winning goal, in four contests to lift the Devils (6-3-0, 12 points) to a 3-1-0 week and first place in the Division metropolitan He scored once in a 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on October 24. Bratt then picked up the game-winning tally and matched his career highs in goals and points in a game by going 2-1-3 in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Red. Wings October 25. He added the primary assist on the only goal of the contest in a 1-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche on October 28 before finishing the week 1-1-2, his fifth multi-point performance in nine games this season. , in a 7-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 30. A sixth-round pick (162nd overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, Bratt has found the back of the net in each of New Jersey’s first nine games of 2022-23 — the second-longest hitting streak to start a season in franchise history, to rank fifth in the League with 4-11-15.
THIRD STAR – Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Minnesota WILD
Fleury climbed a pair of all-time lists as he went 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .927 save percentage as the Wild (4-4-1, 9 points ) completed a 3-1-0 week. Fleury played in his 944th regular season game, making 26 saves (as well as his 22nd career penalty kill save) in a 3–1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on October 25, to surpass Curtis Joseph and move into sole possession of sixth place on the NHL’s all-time list among goaltenders. He then turned away 27 shots in a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on October 27. Fleury capped the week with 23 saves, plus two more in the tiebreaker, as he picked up his 62nd career shutout victory in a 4-3 victory. against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 30, to surpass Henrik Lundqvist for the most in League history. The 19-season NHL veteran has posted a 4 1-1 record in seven total appearances so far in 2022-23 (3.69 GAA, .880 SV%).
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