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Stempniak named Second Star of the week

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Devils right wing Lee Stempniak has been named the NHL's Second Star for the week ending Jan. 24, the League announced today. Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov and St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott were First and Third Star, respectively.

Stempniak shared the League lead with four goals in three games (4-1-5) to propel the Devils (25-19-5, 55 points) into the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. He registered 1-1-2 in a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames Jan. 19 and scored again in a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators Jan. 21.

Stempniak then capped the week with a pair of goals – his first multi-goal performance since April 4, 2015 – in a 3-1 triumph over his former team, the Winnipeg Jets, Jan. 23. The 32-year-old West Seneca, N.Y., native ranks second on the Devils with 14-22-36 in 49 contests this season; his 14 goals are one shy of his total from 71 appearances in 2014-15.

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