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Nose Face Killah is the NHL’s First Star of the Week

Dec 26, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT


After scoring two game-winning goals and notching his first career hat trick, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand — aka Nose Face, aka Marshmont, aka Honey Badger — was named the NHL’s first star of the week.

The highlight of Marchand’s week was a five-point outing in an 8-0 romp over Florida. In addition to his hat trick, the third-year Bruins forward also chipped in two assists and scored his first shorthanded goal of the year. Marchand now leads the Bs in goalscoring (with 15) and is second on the team in points.

Second star went to New York Rangers RW Marian Gaborik, who scored in all three games last week to move atop the NHL leaderboard with 21 goals. Two of those tallies — against the Devils and Flyers — were of the game-winning variety. As such, Gaborik now sits tied for third in GWG (four). He also eclipsed the 600-point plateau last week.

Third star went to Colorado goalie JS Giguere. He’s currently in the midst of a four-game winning streak — including three wins last week — and moved into the top five in two key statistical categories: GAA (1.79, third in the NHL) and save percentage (.934, fourth). Not bad production from the 40th-lowest cap hit ($1.25 million) amongst all goalies this season, eh?

  1. yettyskills - Dec 26, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Looks like a vet of the ring or cage

    • danphipps01 - Dec 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      He’s a reasonably capable fighter, too. Considering most guys on the ice have twenty pounds and three or more inches on him and fighters tend to be a little bigger still. Say what you will about his beaking, but he’s not afraid to drop the gloves when someone calls him out on it.

  2. pastabelly - Dec 26, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Noseface has some really good skills, including a great shot. His skills get overshadowed a bit by his chippy play. But his line with Seguin and Bergeron is as as good as any in the NHL.

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