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Lightning's Palat named NHL Rookie of the Month

Tuesday, 02.04.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

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Lightning's Palat named NHL Rookie of the Month
Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat named NHL Rookie of the Month for January 2014.

NEW YORKTampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat, who led all rookies in scoring with 16 points (5-11--16) in 15 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for January.

Palat edged Lightning center Tyler Johnson (7-7--14 in 15 games), Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (9-4--13 in 14 games), Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper (6-2-1, 2.15 goals-against average, .932 save %) and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen (5-0-0, 1.86 goals-against average, .939 save %).

Palat registered points in the first five games of the month, extending his point streak to eight games (4-6--10, Dec. 23 to Jan. 9) -- the longest ever by a Lightning rookie. He also tallied points in five consecutive games at the end of the month (2-7--9, Jan. 19-30).

Named to the Czech Republic team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Palat leads NHL rookie forwards in plus-minus (+20) and ranks second in average ice time per game (17:14). The 22-year-old also ranks third among all rookies in assists (20) and fourth in points (11-20--31).

Palat joins San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (October), Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanek (November), Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones (December co-winner) and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta (December co-winner) as recipients of the award this season.

Ondrej Palat in January

Date Opponent G A Pts Result
Jan. 1 at Vancouver 0 1 1 4-2 win
Jan. 3 at Calgary 1 1 2 2-0 win
Jan. 5 at Edmonton 0 1 1 5-3 loss
Jan. 7 at Winnipeg 1 0 1 4-2 win
Jan. 9 WASHINGTON 1 1 2 4-3 loss
Jan. 11 at Philadelphia 0 0 0 6-3 win
Jan. 13 at Columbus 0 0 0 3-2 loss
Jan. 14 at NY Rangers 0 0 0 2-1 win
Jan. 16 NY ISLANDERS 0 0 0 2-1 S/O loss
Jan. 18 SAN JOSE 0 0 0 5-4 loss
Jan. 19 at Carolina 1 2 3 5-3 win
Jan. 23 OTTAWA 1 0 1 4-3 S/O win
Jan. 25 COLORADO 0 1 1 5-2 win
Jan. 28 at Toronto 0 2 2 3-2 loss
Jan. 30 at Ottawa 0 2 2 5-3 loss
Totals 5 11 16 8-6-1

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