NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2015) – Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of November.
FIRST STAR – PATRICK KANE, RW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Kane led the NHL with 15 assists and 23 points, registering at least one point in all 13 November games to guide the Blackhawks (13-8-3, 29 points) to a 7-3-3 month and third place in the Central Division. In doing so, Kane extended his point streak to 19 games dating to Oct. 17 (11-20—31), the longest such streak by a U.S.-born player in NHL history and the longest such streak by any player since 2010-11 (Sidney Crosby: 26-24—50 in 25 GP). Kane also established a career high with a seven-game goal streak Nov. 2-15 (7-9—16), the longest such run by any player since 2013-14. Overall, he recorded eight multi-point performances, highlighted by 1-3—4 Nov. 8 vs. EDM. The 27-year-old Buffalo native paces the NHL with 23 assists and 37 points and also shares second with 14 goals in 24 games this season.
SECOND STAR – BRADEN HOLTBY, G, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Holtby went 9-2-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout to pace the NHL in wins and backstop the Capitals (17-5-1, 35 points) to a 9-3-1 month and second place in the Metropolitan Division. He allowed two or fewer goals in eight of 11 appearances, including a 33-save shutout Nov. 23 vs. EDM. Holtby also recorded a career-high seven consecutive wins to close November, capped by a pair of 32-save victories over the final weekend of the month (Nov. 27 vs. TBL and Nov. 28 at TOR). The 26-year-old Lloydminster, Sask., native owns a 15-4-0 record with a 1.95 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and one shutout in 19 appearances this season, leading the NHL in both wins and goals-against average.
THIRD STAR – MATT DUCHENE, C, COLORADO AVALANCHE
Duchene paced the NHL with 11 goals and ranked second with 20 points in 14 games to power the Avalanche (9-14-1, 19 points) to a 6-8-0 November. In doing so, he became the first Avalanche player to score 11 or more goals in one calendar month since February 2003 (Milan Hejduk: 12). Duchene collected at least one point in 11 of 14 outings, highlighted by six multi-point performances and three multi-goal games. He also registered a trio of three-point performances: Nov. 10 at PHI (2-1—3), Nov. 14 at MTL (1-2—3) and Nov. 28 vs. WPG (1-2—3). The 24-year-old Haliburton, Ont., native shares fifth in the NHL with 12 goals and has 22 points in 24 contests this season.