New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Detroit Red Wings backup goaltender Jonas
Gustavsson was named the NHL's First Star after helping his team move into
first place in the Atlantic Division.
Gustavsson, a 28-year-old native of Sweden, went 3-0-0 last week with a 1.67
goals-against average and .953 save percentage. He registered wins in
consecutive days, making 28 saves in a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins on
Oct. 14 and 36 stops in a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets the
Two days later, Gustavsson had 38 saves in a 4-2 win, handing the Colorado
Avalanche their first loss of the season. The 38 saves were the fourth highest
total of his career and most since Nov. 19, 2011 while playing with Toronto.
Second Star honors went to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby, who
extended his season-opening and career-long point streak to eight games.
Crosby tallied a league-best six assists and eight points as the Penguins
remained atop the Metropolitan Division standings with three victories on the
week. He assisted on all three goals in a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on
Oct. 15, added a goal and assist in a 4-1 win against the rival Philadelphia
Flyers on Oct. 17, and had one goal and two helpers in a 4-3 shootout victory
against the Vancouver Canucks two days later.
Through eight games, Crosby has five multi-point efforts, leads the NHL with
17 points and is tied for first in goals (7) and assists (10).
San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau was awarded the Third Star after
also extending his season-opening point streak to eight games. He had three
goals and three assists, while registering a league-best five power-play
points in helping the Sharks remain the only team undefeated in regulation
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