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Evgeni Malkin is the NHL’s First Star of the Week

Jan 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

Evgeni Malkin AP

After scoring five goals and putting forth a masterful performance on national television, Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin has been named the NHL’s first star of the week.

The honor is becoming old hat for Malkin. He’s been named a star in three of the last six weeks (third star on Dec. 19 and Jan. 16, first star this week) and was December’s first star of the month as well. He now has 35 points in his last 23 games — including three points in a 4-3 OT decision over Washington on NBC on Sunday — and is at the forefront of the Hart Trophy race, with his play being a major catalyst in Pittsburgh’s recent turnaround. The Pens have won six straight and are now just six points back of the Rangers for top spot in the Atlantic Division.

Second star of the week went to Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell. He continued his banner campaign with a two-goal effort against New Jersey and a natural hat-trick against the Bruins. Hartnell is now fifth in the NHL in goals, with 25 (his previous career-high was 30) and leads the league in power-play goals, with 13. It’s probably safe to assume that, should the NHL need a capable replacement for the 2012 NHL All-Star game, Hartnell is at the top of the list.

Third star of the week went to Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov. He allowed just two goals in three starts last week, posting a 17-save shutout of the Capitals, then stopped 40 of 41 shots against the Flyers and 32 of 33 against the Hurricanes. He’s riding a four-game winning streak and has a .965 save percentage over that time.

  1. spizzjr - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    NABBY NABBY NABBY BABY!!!!! Keep it going tonight in Canada eh?

  2. Stiller43 - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Eat that bruce boudreau.

  3. tk1966 - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Just wondering if Boudreau had any complaints this week about this selection

  4. al25ny - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Malkin is the Best

  5. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    filthadelphia will always be behind the pens. eat it

  6. rexadelphia8 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Yeah ok, ugliest player in the league, looks like an Fn oager , Philly is PA ‘s team

    • jpelle82 - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      philly is jersey’s team

      • jpelle82 - Jan 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM

        …and delaware’s team

  7. rexadelphia8 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    The shittsburg birds that can’t even fly

    • spokedjackets - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      Ahem, most recent to win a Cup was………

    • danphipps01 - Jan 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      But they certainly can skate. Skated all the way to a Stanley Cup not all that long ago. I believe your former captain was passed out in a gutter at the time.

    • blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:19 AM

      Make sure you spell it right…’s Pittsburgh.
      I know that is complicated for the Philthadelphia school districts to teach you that.

  8. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    filthi is pa’s team hahahahah what joke, they are the most hated filthy low lifes in all sports. phili is the anus hole of america.

  9. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    Flyers= 36 years and still counting.

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