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Marleau named NHL’s First Star of the Week

Jan 28, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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Patrick Marleau‘s white-hot start to the season has netted him some accolades.

On Monday, the San Jose Sharks forward was named the NHL’s Player of the Week, on the strength of his nine-goal, 13-point performance.

Marleau scored twice in each of San Jose’s first four games — all wins — and added a solo marker in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Vancouver.

In doing so, he matched Cy Denneny’s mark for starting the season with multi-goal games (ol’ Cy did it in 1917-18 with Ottawa.)

The 33-year-old is now tied for the NHL scoring lead with teammate Joe Thornton.

Second star went to Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, who has backstopped the ‘Hawks to their best start in franchise history.

Crawford posted five wins, a 1.78 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage to help the Blackhawks pick up six consecutive wins to begin the season.

Third star went to veteran Lightning forward Martin St. Louis, who racked up eight assists (second most in the league) and 11 points as Tampa took possession of first place in the Southeast Division.

St. Louis’ most prolific performance came during Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Flyers, when he assisted on all but one of Tampa’s goals and finished as the game’s third star.

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