NEW YORK - Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Nov. 3.
Pominville tied for the League lead in goals (4) and points (6), scoring in all three games to help the Wild (8-4-3, 19 points) earn four out of a possible six points. Pominville recorded Minnesota's lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 28. He then posted a season-high three points (2-1—3), including the game-winning goal, in a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 1. Pominville closed the week by registering 1-1—2, his third multi-point game of the season, in a 4-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Nov. 3. The 30-year-old native of Repentigny, Que., has scored in four consecutive games (6-2—8), his longest goal-scoring streak since Nov. 12-19, 2008 (4-2—6 in four games). He is tied for third in the NHL with 10 goals this season and also leads the Wild with 12 points, three game-winning goals and a +6 rating in 15 games.
Fleury posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .940 save percentage as the Penguins (11-4-0, 22 points) won all four of their games to remain in first place in the Metropolitan Division. Fleury made 20 saves in a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 28 and 21 stops in a 3-2 triumph over the Boston Bruins Oct. 30. He capped the week by recording a season-high 37 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Nov. 1, becoming the first netminder in the NHL to reach 10 wins. The 28-year-old native of Sorel, Que., is 10-2-0 in 12 appearances this season, ranking in the top 10 in the League in wins, goals-against average (1.83) and save percentage (.929).
Chimera tied for the League lead with six points (2-4—6) in three games, helping the Capitals (7-7-0, 14 points) pick up four out of a possible six points. He opened the week with 1 1—2, his second multi-point game of the season, in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 28. Chimera then posted a career-high four points (1-3—4) in a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 1, stretching his goal-scoring streak to a career-long four games (4 5—9). His three assists also matched a career high, first accomplished March 25, 2007, as a member of the Blue Jackets. The 34-year-old native of Edmonton, Alta., has played in 14 games this season, ranking fourth on the Capitals with 11 points (5-6—11).
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