NEW YORK – Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf
has been named the NHL's "First Star" for the month of December.
Getzlaf led all players with 20 points and 15 assists to power the Ducks (24-9-6, 54 points) to a 10-3-1 December and the top spot in the NHL standings. He registered points in 12 of 14 contests, highlighted by seven multi-point performances. That included an eight-game point streak from Dec. 12-28 (4-9—13), his eighth career run of at least eight games. Getzlaf's 20 December points were the most by a Ducks player in any calendar month since March 2011, when he also posted 20 (2-18—20). His total also set a franchise record for points in December, breaking the previous mark of 19 established by Paul Kariya in 1996 and matched by Teemu Selanne in 2006. The 29-year-old Regina, Sask., native has 12-30—42 in 38 games this season, ranking fourth in the NHL in points and sharing second in assists.
“It’s an honor, and an accomplishment along the way,” Getzlaf said. “Any time you’re honored in this league, when you’re talking about competing against the best players in the world, it has to be an honor for you.”
Second Star - Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago Blackhawks
Kane tied for second in the NHL with 17 points (8-9—17) in 13 games, leading the Blackhawks (25-11-2, 52 points) to a 10-2-1 December record and second place in the League standings. He found the scoresheet in 10 contests, including a six-game point streak from Dec. 11-21 (4-6—10). That stretch included a pair of game-winning goals: against the Boston Bruins Dec. 11 and versus the Minnesota Wild Dec. 16. Overall, Kane notched four multi-point performances during the month, including three-point games Dec. 16 (1-2—3), Dec. 21 (1-2—3) and Dec. 27 (2-1—3). The 26-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., native has registered 18-23—41 in 38 outings this season, sharing fifth in the NHL in points and sixth in goals. He also is tied for the League lead with five game-winning goals.
Third Star - Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Columbus Blue Jackets
Bobrovsky went 9-1-1 in 11 appearances, compiling a 2.14 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Blue Jackets (16-16-3, 35 points) to a 10-1-1 December – tied for the most wins in any calendar month in franchise history. He began the month on a seven-game winning streak, capped by his 10th career shutout and first of the season Dec. 16 against the Detroit Red Wings (30 saves). Bobrovsky also made a franchise-record and career-high 52 saves – and denied all four shootout attempts he faced – in a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers Dec. 4. The 26-year-old Novokuznetsk, Russia, native has played in 25 games this season, going 14-9-2 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.