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Landeskog Named NHL's First Star of the Week

The forward led the league with six goals in three games

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending on Oct. 21, the league announced on Monday.

Landeskog registered six goals and one assist last week and helped the Avs to a 2-0-1 record. His seven points tied linemate Nathan MacKinnon for the league lead over the past seven days.

He scored in all three of Colorado's outings, producing a week-high six goals. Landeskog is presently on a three-game goal streak (five goals) and a four-game point streak (six goals, two assists).

The Stockholm, Sweden, native recorded three tallies at the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for his third-career hat trick. Landeskog is now tied for the fifth-most hat tricks in Avalanche history (since 1995-96) and has recorded the last three for the team. It was Colorado's first "hatty" on the road since Dec. 28, 2015 when MacKinnon recorded his second three-goal performance at the San Jose Sharks.

Video: COL@NJD: Landeskog lifts Avs with third NHL hat trick

The Avs captain's three hat tricks since the start of the 2017-18 season are tied for the most in the NHL, and all have come against Eastern Conference opponents (Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey).

Landeskog added two tallies on Saturday in Colorado's 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes to increase his season total to 10 points (seven goals, three assists). He also had a goal and an assist on Tuesday in the Avalanche's shootout loss at the New York Rangers.

The left wing was credited with the game-winning goals against the Devils and Hurricanes and leads the league with three this campaign. He also is ranked first in the NHL with a plus-10 rating.

Video: Gabriel Landeskog on Avs' hot start, scoring a hatty

Landeskog and MacKinnon, along with linemate Mikko Rantanen, have 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) through the first eight games of the season, accounting for 48.1 percent of the Avs' offense.

This is Landeskog's first time being named to the NHL's weekly Three Stars. Nathan MacKinnon was the last Avalanche player to be honored in the league's accolades, being named the second star for the week of March 12-18, 2018.

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid was named the league's second star of the week, while Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury earned third star honors.

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