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Evgeni Malkin, Pacioretty, Dubnyk named NHL 3 stars

Pittsburgh centre Evgeni Malkin has earned the NHL's first star of the week after leading the Penguins to three victories in four games.

Penguins centre posted 8 points in 4 games

Evgeni Malkin, named the NHL's first star of the week, led all skaters with seven assists and eight points as the Penguins re-claimed first place in the Metropolitan Division. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh centre Evgeni Malkin has earned the NHL's first star of the week after leading the Penguins to three victories in four games.

Montreal Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty was the second star, while Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk claimed the third star.

Malkin led all skaters with seven assists and eight points as the Penguins re-claimed first place in the Metropolitan Division with a 15-9-0 record for 30 points.

He posted a pair of assists in each of his first two games of the week, a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks and a 4-0 win over the Washington Capitals Nov. 20.

Malkin then snapped a 15-game goal drought, scoring in a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders. He closed the week by collecting two assists, his fourth consecutive multi-point game, in a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Pacioretty led all players with five goals, including two-game winners, in three games to help the 13-9-2 Canadiens pick up three victories.

Dubnyk backstopped the 7-15-2 Oilers to a pair of wins, posting a 2-0-0 record with a 0.50 goals-against average, .974 save percentage and one shutout in helping the team extend its season-long winning streak to three games.

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