Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and New York Islanders center Brock Nelson have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 24.
FIRST STAR – BRAD MARCHAND, LW, BOSTON BRUINS
Marchand posted 3-4—7 and a +6 rating in three games to power the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins (15-3-5, 35 points) to a perfect week. He registered his 16th career three-assist performance – and third of the season (also Oct. 27 at NYR: 2-3—5 and Nov. 4 vs. PIT: 2-3—5) – in a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Nov. 19. Marchand then scored twice in a 3-2 triumph against the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 21. He added 1-1—2, including an assist on Torey Krug’s overtime winner, in a 5-4 comeback victory over the Minnesota Wild Nov. 23. The 31-year-old Halifax, N.S., native has appeared in 23 total contests this season, ranking among the top five in the NHL in plus/minus (t-1st; +17), game-winning goals (t-2nd; 4), points (3rd; 39), goals (t-3rd; 16) and assists (4th; 23).
SECOND STAR – CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS
McDavid compiled 4-3—7 in four games as the Oilers (16-7-3, 35 points) went 3-1-0 to move into first place in the Western Conference standings. He opened the week with 1-2—3, his eighth three-point effort of 2019-20, in a 5-2 triumph over the San Jose Sharks Nov. 19. McDavid then scored once in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Nov. 21 and twice in a 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights Nov. 23. He capped the week with one assist and the shootout-deciding goal in a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes Nov. 24. The 22-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native has recorded points in 11 straight games dating to Nov. 4 (12-12—24), propelling him into second place in the NHL in goals (18), assists (29) and points (47) through 26 total outings this season.
THIRD STAR – BROCK NELSON, C, NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Nelson shared the League lead with four goals in three games (4-1—5), including two in overtime, to help the Islanders (16-3-2, 34 points) extend their point streak to a franchise-record 17 contests dating to Oct. 12 (15-0-2). He registered 2-1—3, including his fifth career overtime goal, in a 5-4 comeback victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 19. Nelson again scored twice, including the overtime goal, in a 4-3 win over the Penguins Nov. 21 – making him the first player in franchise history to notch an overtime tally in consecutive games. The 28-year-old Warroad, Minn., native – who was held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks Nov. 23 – ranks second on the Islanders with 8-11—19 through 21 total appearances this season.
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