NHL 3 Stars: Patrick Marleau, Corey Crawford, Marty St. Louis
League's 1st list of shortened season
Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks was recognized Monday for his torrid start, earning first star honours in the first NHL list of the season.
Marleau scored two goals in four consecutive games, the first to record that many multi-goal games to start a season since Ottawa's Cy Denneny in 1917-18. The streak was stopped Sunday against Vancouver, but the 33-year-old still managed to find the net.
He has nine goals and four assists in five games, with the NHL recognizing all stats recorded since the season started on Jan. 19.
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was named the second star. The netminder compiled five wins for the unbeaten Blackhawks, with a 1.78 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage. Perhaps his most impressive stoppage was a 32-save performance in a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 22.
Veteran Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis rounded out the list, earning third star honours for racking up three goals and eight assists in five contests so far. In his most recent game, St. Louis notched four assists in a 5-1 win over Philadelphia.