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Hertl, Varlamov, Giguere and Crosby named NHL’s three stars of week

Oct 14, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

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The NHL has named four players for its three stars of the week.

And yup, you read that right.

On Monday, the league announced that San Jose’s Tomas Hertl, Colorado goalies Semyon Varlamov and J.S. Giguere and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby were named the three stars for the week ending Oct. 13.

Hertl, the Sharks’ 19-year-old rookie wunderkind, led the league with five goals in three games, pacing the Sharks to yet another undefeated (5-0-0) start to the year. (The Sharks opened the ’13 campaign by going undefeated through seven contests).

Second star was a tad unique as the league opted to split it between a pair of teammates — Varlamov and Giguere — who have been instrumental in Colorado’s undefeated (5-0-0) start to the year. Varlamov won two games last week, posting a 1.00 GAA and .971 save percentage, while Giguere starred in his first start of the season, a 2-0 win over defending Eastern Conference champs Boston in which he stopped all 39 shots faced.

Third star went to Crosby, who actually led the entire NHL in points last week (3G, 4A) as the Pens won two of three games. The highlight for No. 87 was his eighth career hat trick, recorded in a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Crosby now leads the league in scoring (5G-4A-9PTS) and has recorded his longest point streak to begin campaign since his rookie season of 2005-06.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Adam Oates is gonna be pissed!

  2. bleedingteal4life - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    4 people, 3 stars….something isn’t right here. Splitting a star doesn’t really fit the schematic.

    • pxland - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Is it really that big of a deal?

  3. skr213 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I can’t believe Thornton didn’t get a star for that quote of his!

  4. avfanforlife - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    @Coach Roy : PLEASE stop the defense from letting so many shots get to your goaltenders. Thank you, and see you post season.

    • mp1131211 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Whoa, slow down. It’s 5 games in. Post season shouldn’t even be a thought yet.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    What the heck? Not even an honorable mention for Tim Thomas?

    • imleftcoast - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      Go get your rooster Timmy lover.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        It was sarcasm, silly.

  6. earpaniac - Oct 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I don’t know why this bothers me, but it does. There shouldn’t be any ties! This is not the Treaty of Versailles. Pick one, screw the other.
    Sorry for my old man/OCD rant.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      Especially since the nhl eliminated ties in 2005, have the two players take part in a shoot out to see who wins, or just have the ultimate copout (if this isn’t it) and give it to the Avalanche team.

  7. capsfan19 - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    Gary bettman lives in a world where 3 means 4. He lives in a golden castle high in the clouds and blomfeld lives in his basement ready to serve his master.

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