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Kane, Malkin, Harding named NHL’s three stars for November

Dec 3, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

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Patrick Kane captured the NHL’s first star award for the month of November on Tuesday, edging out Evgeni Malkin — who looked to be a shoe-in after winning player of the week awards twice last month.

Third star went to Minnesota goalie Josh Harding.

It was Kane, though, that topped the list, thanks in large part to pacing Chicago to 12 wins in 15 games — six of which came on the club’s annual “Circus Trip,” a lengthy road swing that saw the ‘Hawks outscore opponents 22-10 over its six victories. Kane ranked second among all skaters in November with nine goals (four game-winners), and posted a career-best 12-game point streak along the way.

Malkin led all skaters with 21 assists and 25 points in November while also topping the league in power-play assists (nine) and power-play points (10). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 21 assists were the most by an NHL player in one calendar month since January 1996, when Wayne Gretzky recorded 21 helpers for the Los Angeles Kings.

Harding continued his run of stellar play by posting an 8-2-2 record last month, along with a 1.88 GAA and .926 save percentage as the Wild went 9-4-2, holding onto a playoff spot in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. Harding also posted his second shutout of the season (4-0 over New Jersey on Nov. 3) and now sits top three in the NHL in GAA (1.45), save percentage (.939) and wins (14).

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Good choices

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Duncan Keith could well have been a “4th star” – not only for his stellar defensive work, but also for the many assists.

    • c9castine - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      ok thanks for that so could about 20 other players namely a guy like josh harding or ben scrivens

      • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        did you not read? Josh WAS named as one of the three. I’ve posted very positive things about him several times on both this site and Yahoo Wild game articles. Ben S has been a “season saver” for the Kings with Quick out.

        And I was just pointing out that Keith has been playing exceptionally well. Likely a Norris finalist.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      And thumbs downers – if there an objective reason you disagree with the comment, or are you just Hawks haters/enviers?

      • c9castine - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        yeah my bad on the harding thing i did read, too. just brain lapsed there. just saying its lame to come on here and just propose more of your players could have been named a monthly star so could a lot of other guys. malkin outscored kane 25-20 and tied a record set by wayne gretzky you don’t see me complaining about him being number 2.

        and i guess thats what I’m talking about. what reason would i have to be envious??? keith has a 1.5% shooting. not too effective, by the way.

      • c9castine - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        he didn’t even have the most goals in the month….who was that ovechkin or steen or something?

      • jpelle82 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        i think they got the 3 right, just not in the right order. was surprised kane was #1 but certainly deserving of making the list at #2 or #3. breaking the record for most assists in one month is pretty impressive, dont see how thats not worthy of #1 by itself.

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