NEW YORK (Feb. 18, 2019) - Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 17.
FIRST STAR - NIKITA KUCHEROV, RW, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Kucherov recorded multiple points in all three of his appearances, totaling 3-7-10 to propel the League-leading Lightning (44-11-4, 92 points) to a perfect week and their fifth straight win overall. Kucherov opened the week with consecutive four-point performances, collecting 1‑3-4 in both a 6-3 triumph against the Calgary Flames Feb. 12 and a 6-0 victory over the Dallas Stars Feb. 14. That marked the second time this season that Kucherov has posted four-plus points in consecutive team games (also Dec. 22-27: 2-7-9 in 2 GP) - the only two such instances in franchise history. He added 1-1-2 (including the winning goal) in a 3-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens Feb. 16, Kucherov's fourth straight multi-point outing overall (5‑8-13). The 25-year-old Maykop, Russia, native owns a seven-point lead atop this season's Art Ross Trophy Race, pacing the NHL with 27-67-94 in 59 games. Kucherov, who led the League with five power-play points last week (1‑4-5), also has an NHL-best 37 power-play points in 2018-19 (11-26-37).
Video: MTL@TBL: Kucherov pots PPG on one-timer