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Canucks Report: First Star Torres

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
November 8, 2010

RAFFI TORRES NAMED NHL’S FIRST STAR

By Elizabeth Moffat, Canucks.com

Raffi Torres was named the NHL’s first star for the week for the week ending November 7th. This is the first time the left winger has been awarded his honour.

During this time Torres led the league in goals, and was second in points (5-1-6). Torres has recorded nine points in 13 games this season, and is currently riding a six-game point streak.

"It was a fun week and I just hope I can keep it going,” Torres told Ben Kuzma of the Province.

The 29-year—old Toronto native is second in team goals only to Daniel Sedin who has nine (9-7-16).

Last week Torres scored his first career hat trick against his former team, the Edmonton Oilers. Torres is the first former Oiler to score a hat trick against their old team in league history.

"Raffi is doing the right things and playing to his strengths," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "It's simple hockey and he's very energetic and strong on the wall and goes to the front of the net. That's where he scores his goals and where he's at his best. We knew we were getting a pretty motivated player and he's shown us he can play at this level."

Goalie Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets was awarded the second star of the week. He recorded back to back shut outs and stopped 75 of the 78 shots he faced. He has a 4-1-0 record this season.

The third star was awarded to goalie Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues. Halak posted a 2-0-0 record for the week, and stopped 58 of 59 shots.

SEASON FIRSTS

Manny Malhotra scored Vancover’s first short handed goal of the season in Vancouver’s 6-4 victory over Detroit.

Malhotra took advantage of a break away when the Canucks were down a man after Ryan Keslers’ boarding penalty early in the second.

This is Malhotra’s first shorthanded goal since 2006 when he played for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Malhotra scored two goals and had one assist against Detroit, and was awarded the second star of the game.

Alex Edler and Jannik Hansen both scored their first goals of the season against Detroit on Saturday.

Jannik Hansen scored early in the third, only 2:08 after Detroit had taken the lead for the second time of the night. Hansen also made three hits. He is currently second, behind Andrew Alberts in team hits.

Edler’s goal was the game winner, only the second of his career. The last time he scored a game winning goal was December 9, 2008 against the Nashville Predators. The blueliner has 10 points this season (1-9-10).

Edler also blocked three shots and made one hit in 25:26 of ice time.


Author: Elizabeth Moffat

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