NEW YORK – Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 25.
Kuznetsov paced the NHL with six assists and nine points – and also shared the League lead with a +5 rating – as the Capitals (6-1-0, 12 points) won all three of their games. He began the week with three assists, matching a career high, in a 6-2 victory over the Calgary Flames Oct. 20. Kuznetsov then picked up the primary helper on Alex Ovechkin's tiebreaking goal with 4:55 remaining in regulation in a 3-2 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 22. He capped his performance with 3-2-5 and a +4 rating, establishing single-game highs in goals, points and plus/minus, in a 7-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers Oct. 23. In doing so, Kuznetsov became the first Capitals player to record a five-point game since Dec. 10, 2013 vs. TBL (Nicklas Backstrom: 1-4-5). The 23-year-old Chelyabinsk, Russia, native has 17-40-57 in 104 career NHL outings, including 3-8-11 in seven appearances this season.