NEW YORK (Feb. 16, 2015)
– Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa
, Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 15.
First Star – Marian Hossa, F, Chicago Blackhawks
Hossa led the NHL with five goals and tied for second in the League with six points to help the Blackhawks (35-18-4, 74 points) pick up points in all four of their games. He opened the week with a pair of two-goal performances: in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes Feb. 9 and in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks Feb. 11, including the tying marker with 54.5 seconds remaining in regulation. Hossa also posted two goals in his final game of the prior week (Feb. 8 at STL), becoming the sixth player in Blackhawks history to notch three consecutive multi-goal performances (in three straight team games of one season). The 36- year-old Stará Lubovna, Slovakia, native added his fourth consecutive multi-point game with 1-1—2 in a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils Feb. 13 before being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Feb. 15. Competing in his 17th NHL season, Hossa ranks third on the Blackhawks with 17-25—42 in 57 outings.
Second Star – Tyler Toffoli, F, Los Angeles Kings
Toffoli shared second in the NHL with four goals and six points to power the Kings (25-18-12, 62 points) to a trio of victories, moving the club within three points of a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. He notched one goal in a 4-3 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets Feb. 9. Toffoli then recorded 3-1—4 – including his first career hat trick and second career four-point game (also Oct. 26 vs. CBJ: 1-3—4) – in a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames Feb. 12, becoming the first Kings player under the age of 23 to post a hat trick since Oct. 22, 2009 (Anze Kopitar). He closed the week with one assist in a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals Feb. 14. The 22-year-old Scarborough, Ont., native paces the Kings with 18 goals this season and ranks third on the club with 36 points in 49 games.
Third Star – Pekka Rinne, G, Nashville Predators
Rinne went 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .954 save percentage to backstop the first-place Predators (38-12-6, 82 points) to three straight wins. He made 30 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning Feb. 10. Rinne then denied 32 shots, including 13 in the third period, in a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Feb. 12 and capped the week with a 21-save performance in a 3-1 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Feb. 14. The 32- year-old Kempele, Finland, native leads the NHL with 33 victories this season, including a 14-1-1 record in his past 16 outings. He also paces the League with a 1.97 goals-against average and ranks second with a .931 save percentage in 42 appearances.