New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner, Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroon, and Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the
week ending Jan. 8.
FIRST STAR - MICHAEL GRABNER, RW, NEW YORK RANGERS
Grabner led the League with 5-2-7, including two game-winning goals, in three contests to propel the Rangers (28-13-1, 57 points) to a pair of victories. He was held off the scoresheet in a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Jan. 3, but potted the winning tallies - as well as consecutive multi-point and +4 performances - in the following two games: 2-1-3 in a 5-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 4 and 3-1-4 in a 5-4 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 7. The latter included his fourth career hat trick and second of the season (also Oct. 30 vs. TBL) as well as his second career four-point outing (also Dec. 19, 2015 vs. LAK: 2-2-4 w/ TOR). The 29-year-old Villach, Austria, native shares sixth place in the NHL with 19 goals (19-8-27) in 41 appearances this season, his highest total since 2011-12 (20 G in 78 GP w/ NYI).