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Barrie Named Third Star of the Week

by Colorado Avalanche / Colorado Avalanche

The NHL announced Monday that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie has been named the league's third star for the week ending Jan. 10.

Barrie posted six points (three goals, three assists) in four games last week, which included two game-winning markers and a career-high four-point night.

Tyson Barrie
Defense  - COL
Goals: 7 | Assists: 22 | Pts: 29
Shots: 79 | +/-: -4
The Victoria, British Columbia, native began the week by recording two goals and two assists in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angles Kings on Monday night in Denver. Barrie opened up the scoring with a power-play goal in the second period and registered the eventual game-winning tally 1:19 after the Kings tied the game in the middle frame. After that, he assisted on man-advantage markers from Matt Duchene and Jarome Iginla, the latter of which was the veteran's milestone 600th tally.

Barrie followed his personal-best performance on Monday with an assist on Nathan MacKinnon's game-tying marker with 1:29 remaining in an important Central Division contest against the St. Louis Blues. Colorado went on to win 4-3 in overtime, capping off an outstanding comeback and setting the stage for an important match against the Nashville Predators on Friday. Barrie finished the game with four shots and a career-best 29:01 of ice time.

With a chance to catch the Predators for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference, the Avalanche needed a big night against Nashville. In a back-and-forth match that saw goals from both sides, the 24-year-old rear guard proved the difference when he potted his second game-winning tally of the week on the power play with nine minutes remaining in the game. He finished the night with three shots, one takeaway and one blocked shot in 22:50 of ice time.

Barrie sits first on the Avalanche in assists (22-tied), fourth in points (29-tied) and sixth in goals (7-tied). He's also pacing Avs defensemen in assists and is tied for the team lead in goals among rear guards.

Barrie sits tied for sixth place in the NHL in points and helpers and is tied for 11th in goals as well.

In the midst of his fourth full season with the Avs, Barrie has accumulated 133 points (34 goals, 99 assists) in 225 games.

This is his first NHL weekly honor.

This is the Avalanche's third NHL weekly honor of the season. Semyon Varlamov was previously named the first star of the week on Dec. 21. Duchene was also previously named the third star for the month of November and first star for the week ending Nov. 16.

Barrie is the first Avs defenseman to be named one of NHL’s Three Stars of Week since John-Michael Liles received the honor for his play from Nov. 15-21, 2010.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Petr Mrazek of the Detroit Red Wings were the named this past week's first and second stars, respectively.

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