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Landeskog Named NHL Second Star of Week

Avalanche forward is on an eight-game point streak

by Kate Reed /

Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog was named the NHL's Second Star for the week ending March 8, the league announced on Monday.

Landeskog led the league with nine points (three goals, six assists) in four games last week. He tallied his 20th goal of the season on Friday at the Vancouver Canucks, the seventh time in his career that he has reached the mark. His seven, 20-plus goal seasons place him in the third spot in Avalanche history behind only Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk (both 11 times).

The Stockholm, Sweden, native has posted multi-point games in three straight contests. He registered two, three-point outings (one goal, two assists in each)--a season high for him--in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday and in Sunday's 4-3 victory at the San Jose Sharks. He also registered one goal and one assist during Friday's 6-3 loss in Vancouver.  

The captain extended his point streak to eight games on Sunday, which is one game shy his career high of nine straight (Jan. 24-Feb. 8, 2014) and tied for the second longest streak of his career. Landeskog has tallied 13 points (five goals, eight assists) on his current streak. Additionally, he is currently on a four-game assist streak (one behind career high) and three-game goal streak (two behind career high). He's tallied six assists and three goals on each streak, respectively.

Landeskog ranks fourth on the Avalanche with 42 points (21 goals, 21 assists) this season in 52 appearances. The left wing missed 16 games from Oct. 30-Dec. 4 due to a lower-body injury. Since returning from injured reserve on Dec. 5, Landeskog has notched 35 points (18 goals, 17 assists) in 41 games to rank second on Colorado in scoring in that span.

His nine-point week helped the Avalanche to a 2-1-1 record, with three of the four games being played on the road. Colorado (41-19-8; 90 points) is now within two points of the first spot in the Central Division and Western Conference, with one game in hand on the leading-St. Louis Blues (92 points).

This is the second time that Landeskog has been honored as one of the weekly three stars, and his the first since he was named the NHL's First Star on Oct. 22, 2018. Avalanche players have been named stars of the week six times previously this season, and this is the third straight week that Colorado has had a player named as a star, with Pavel Francouz earning first and third star honors the preceding two weeks.  

New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad earned first star honors for his seven-goal effort last week, while Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl was named the third star of the week.

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