Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League's top performances over the past week. Due to the mid-week start to the regular season Oct. 6, today's selections were based on games from Thursday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 16.
FIRST STAR -- PHIL KESSEL, RW, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Right Wing - TOR
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 8
SOG: 11 | +/-: 7
SOG: 11 | +/-: 7
SECOND STAR -- JOHN TAVARES, C, NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Tavares tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in four games, helping the Islanders start the season 3-1-0. The first overall pick in the 2009 Entry Draft had the best two-game stretch of his young NHL career when he posted back-to-back four-point outings. Tavares had two goals and two assists in the first period of a 5-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 13, then had an assist before scoring the last three goals in a 4-2 victory against the archrival New York Rangers Oct. 15. The 21-year-old Mississauga, Ontario native is the first Islanders player to record eight points in a two-game span since Robert Reichel tallied nine points from March 27-29, 1997.
THIRD STAR -- KARI LEHTONEN, G, DALLAS STARS
Lehtonen helped the Stars take the Pacific Division lead by posting a 4-0-0 record with a 1.48 goals-against average and League-leading .955 save percentage. The 27-year-old Helsinki, Finland native stopped 126 of 132 shots, beginning with 37 saves in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 7 in the Stars' season opener. He turned aside 40 shots in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Oct. 10, made 36 saves in a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues Oct. 13 and stopped 13 shots in a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 15. Acquired by the Stars in February 2010, Lehtonen improved to 44-28-11 in a Dallas uniform.