COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno has been named the National Hockey League’s Third Star of the Week for the period ending April 5, the League and club announced today. Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond was named First Star, while Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn was the Second Star selection. He is the third Blue Jacket to earn NHL Star of the Week accolades in the past four weeks after left wing Scott Hartnell earned First Star honors for the week ending March 15 and right wing Cam Atkinson was named Second Star for the week ending March 29.
Foligno collected four goals and an assist for five points with five shots on goal and a +1 plus/minus rating in three games to help the Blue Jackets go 3-0-0 and extend their franchise-record winning streak to nine games. On March 31, he recorded a goal in a 3-2 overtime win over New Jersey. Two nights later, he picked up an assist and was +1 in a 4-3 shootout victory over the New York Islanders. He capped off the week by collecting his first career hat trick and was +1 in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh.
Foligno has picked up 7-8-15 in his last 16 outings to raise his season totals to 30-40-70 in 75 games, setting career highs in goals, assists and points while becoming the fourth player in Blue Jackets history to record 30 goals and third to post 70 points in a single season. The Buffalo, New York native has registered 115-161-276 and 469 penalty minutes in 541 career games with the Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators, including 54-74-128 with 170 penalty minutes and a +23 plus/minus rating in 190 career games since joining the Blue Jackets prior to the 2012-13 season. He was Ottawa’s first pick, 28th overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft.