Mike Smith's recent heroics in goal earned him the honor, announced Monday by the League. Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins once again finds himself in the mix as the Second Star, while a big scoring week for St. Louis Blues forward David Perron led to him being named Third Star.
GAA: 2.33 | SVP: 0.925
Malkin's third five-point outing in less than two months highlighted his most recent high-scoring week. In this case it was the weekend that earned Malkin his nod, as he scored a goal and assisted on four others as the Penguins outscored the Jets 8-5 on Saturday afternoon. The next day, Malkin both started and capped their four-goal rally to beat the Lightning. For the week, Malkin had three goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating. Malkin extended his NHL-leading point total to 69, and his 32 goals are second only to the 37 scored by Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.
Perron's honor is a feel-good story, as he was coming off a 20-goal season and had five goals in the Blues' first 10 games last season before a concussion sidelined him for more than a calendar year. When he finally got back in the lineup, he had been limited to four goals in 26 games before this past week. Perron had his first multi-goal game of the season against Ottawa, including the game-winner, and had the tying score in a shootout win against New Jersey. Another multi-goal effort plus an assist followed against Colorado, and Perron capped his six-goal, seven-point week by lighting the lamp against San Jose.