NEW YORK - Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of March.
FIRST STAR - CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS
McDavid led the NHL with 20 assists and 27 points in 14 games (7-20-27) to power the Oilers (34-36-9, 77 points) to a 7-5-2 month. McDavid found the scoresheet in 12 of his 14 March appearances, highlighted by 11 multi-point performances. That included an eight-game multi-point streak to open the month (March 2-17: 3-15-18), the longest such run by any NHL player since Nov. 3-19, 2007 (Vincent Lecavalier: 7-14-21 in 8 GP w/ TBL). McDavid collected two assists March 13 vs. NJD to reach the 100-point milestone for the third consecutive season, becoming the fifth player in League history to achieve the feat three times before his 23rd birthday (following Sidney Crosby, Wayne Gretzky, Dale Hawerchuk and Mario Lemieux, each with four). The Edmonton captain also scored seven times, including his seventh career overtime goal March 16 at ARI and 40th goal of 2018-19 March 28 vs. DAL. The 22-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native ranks second in the NHL with a career-high 74 assists and 115 points in 75 total contests this season (41-74-115), while sharing the League lead with nine game-winning goals.
SECOND STAR - SERGEI BOBROVSKY, G, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Bobrovsky topped the NHL in wins (t-9) and shutouts (4) in 13 appearances, compiling a 1.74 goals-against average and .940 save percentage to backstop the Blue Jackets (45-30-4, 94 points) to a 9-6-1 March and into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Bobrovsky yielded two or fewer goals in nine of his 13 starts during the month, highlighted by shutouts March 15 vs. CAR (46 SV), March 24 at VAN (21 SV), March 26 vs. NYI (26 SV) and March 31 at BUF (38 SV). In doing so, Bobrovsky established a career high and moved into first place in the NHL with nine overall shutouts this season. The 30-year-old Novokuznetsk, Russia, native and two-time Vezina Trophy winner - who on Monday was named the NHL's "First Star" for the week ending March 31 - has played in 60 total games in 2018-19, sharing second in the League with 36 wins to go along with a 2.55 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
THIRD STAR - BRAD MARCHAND, LW, BOSTON BRUINS
Marchand placed third in the NHL with 9-14-23 in 15 games to propel the Bruins (47 23 9, 103 points) to a 9-6-0 March and their third consecutive playoff berth. He registered points in 12 of his 15 outings, including a quartet of three-point performances: March 7 vs. FLA (0-3-3), March 12 at CBJ (2-1-3), March 21 at NJD (0-3-3) and March 27 vs. NYR (0-3-3). Marchand shared the League lead in power play (3-6-9) and shorthanded (1-3-4) scoring during the month, capped by his 26th career shorthanded goal March 31 at DET - the most in Boston history. He also scored his 15th career overtime goal March 16 vs. CBJ, extending another franchise record. The 30-year-old Halifax, N.S., native - who has established career highs in assists and points - ranks fifth in the NHL with 35-63-98 in 78 total games this season.