Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 21.
FIRST STAR – GABRIEL LANDESKOG, LW, COLORADO AVALANCHE
Landeskog led the NHL in goals and finished tied for the League lead in points (6-1—7 in 3 GP) as Colorado gained five of a possible six points to improve their record to 5-1-2 overall. He opened the week by notching one goal and one assist in a 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers Oct. 16. Landeskog then recorded his third career hat trick, including the game winner, in a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils Oct. 18. His three career hat tricks have all come since the start of last season and are the three most recent hat tricks by an Avalanche player. He closed out the week by recording two goals, including the game-winning tally, in a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 20. The 25-year-old Stockholm, Sweden, native is in his eighth season with Colorado, seventh as captain, and leads the NHL with a plus-10 rating this season.
SECOND STAR – CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS
McDavid tied for third in League scoring with six points (2-4—6) in three games as Edmonton recorded two overtime victories in three starts to improve to 3-3-0 this season. McDavid began the week with 2-2—4 in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets Oct. 16. On Oct. 18 he notched two assists, including the lone helper on the game-winning goal, in a 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins before being held off the scoresheet in a 3-0 loss to the Nashville Predators Oct. 20. The 21-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native, and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner, became the first player in NHL history to record a point on nine consecutive team goals to begin a season.
THIRD STAR – MARC-ANDRE FLEURY, G, VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Fleury went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .956 save percentage to backstop the Golden Knights to a perfect week and a 4-4-0 record overall. Fleury opened the week with a 26-save performance in a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 16 and followed it up with 17 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 20. In doing so, the 33-year-old Sorel, Que., native earned his 408th career victory to surpass Glenn Hall for sole possession of 10th on the NHL’s all-time wins list.