KOPITAR, CAMMALLERI AND MARLEAU NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK (October 26, 2009) — Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, Montreal Canadiens left wing Mike Cammalleri and San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 25.
FIRST STAR — ANZE KOPITAR, C, LOS ANGELES KINGS
Kopitar led all scorers last week with nine points (six goals, three assists) as the Kings (8-4-0) posted four consecutive victories and climbed to first place in the Pacific Division. Kopitar tallied one goal in a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Oct. 19, recorded his first career hat trick in a 5-4 overtime victory over Dallas Oct. 22, notched three assists in a 5-3 win against the Phoenix Coyotes Oct. 24 and scored two goals in a 6-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 25. Kopitar, who in 2008-09 became the first Kings player since Luc Robitaille to tally at least 20 goals in each of his first three NHL seasons, is on track for career year. The 22-year-old Slovenia native leads the League in goals (10) and points (21) in 12 games.
SECOND STAR — MIKE CAMMALLERI, LW, MONTREAL CANADIENS
Cammalleri recorded six points (four goals, two assists) as the Canadiens (5-5-0) posted three consecutive victories. Cammalleri notched one assist in a 2-1 shootout win over the Atlanta Thrashers Oct. 20, recorded one goal in a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders Oct. 22 and tallied a hat trick, including the overtime winner, plus an assist in a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers Oct. 24. Cammalleri leads the Canadiens in scoring with 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 10 games.
THIRD STAR — PATRICK MARLEAU, C, SAN JOSE SHARKS
Marleau tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) as the Sharks (7-4-1) finished their six-game East Coast road trip with a 3-1-0 record. Marleau posted three multi-point games, beginning with a goal and two assists in a 7-3 victory over the New York Rangers Oct. 19. He recorded one assist in a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Oct. 22 and tallied two goals, including the game-winner, and one assist in a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers Oct. 24. Marleau finished the week by extending his point streak to five games with a pair of assists in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 25. Marleau ranks second on the Sharks in scoring with 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 12 games.