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Brendan Perlini has been on fire of late and earned recognition from the league on Monday

by Chris Wescott / blackhawks.com

Brendan Perlini's recent production has not gone unnoticed by the NHL. The league named him their Second Star of the Week on Monday.

On Saturday night, Perlini scored against the Montreal Canadiens to give him eight goals in his last seven games. In his last week of action (3/11-3/17), Perlini racked up five goals in three games.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Thomas Greiss (@NYIslanders), Brendan Perlini (@NHLBlackhawks), Connor McDavid (@EdmontonOilers) named Three Stars for the week ending March 17. https://t.co/gg67OJEcwq pic.twitter.com/VjXenIk8VN

He recorded his first career NHL hat trick against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday and then followed that up with a one-goal, two-assist performance in Toronto on Wednesday before scoring again in Montreal.

Perlini is playing his best hockey since joining the Blackhawks via trade from Arizona in November. The 12th-overall pick in 2014 now has 11 goals and three assists for 14 points in 36 games with the Blackhawks. He had just two goals and four assists in 22 games with the Coyotes earlier in the year.

FROM THE LEAGUE:

Perlini shared the League lead with five goals (5-2-7 in 3 GP) to help the Blackhawks (32-30-9, 73 points) extend their overall winning streak to five games and move within five points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Perlini registered his first career hat trick, doing so against his former team, in a 7-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes March 11. He posted his second straight three-point performance with 1-2-3 in a 5-4 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs March 13. Perlini then added one goal in a 2-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens March 16. The 22-year-old Guildford, England, native has collected 13-7-20 in 58 total contests this season, including 11-3-14 in 36 outings since being acquired by Chicago Nov. 25.

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