NEW YORK - Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon , Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich and San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 1.
FIRST STAR - NATHAN MacKINNON, C, COLORADO AVALANCHE
MacKinnon topped the NHL with 3-6-9 in three games to power the Avalanche (16-8-2, 34 points) to a perfect week and into second place in the Central Division. He collected 1-1-2, assisting on the go-ahead goal and scoring 1:02 later, in a 4-1 comeback victory against the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 27. MacKinnon then registered 1-3-4, his eighth career four-point performance and third of the season, in a 5-2 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 29. He closed the week with 1-2-3 in a 7-3 win against the Blackhawks Nov. 30. The 24-year-old Halifax, N.S., native - who on Sunday was named the NHL's "Second Star" for the month of November - is riding a seven-game point streak dating to Nov. 16, accumulating 6-10-16 during that stretch. Overall, MacKinnon ranks among the League leaders in assists (t-4th; 25), points (5th; 42) and goals (6th; 17) through 26 total contests this season.
Video: CHI@COL: MacKinnon puts home Rantanen's nice pass
SECOND STAR - DAVID RITTICH, G, CALGARY FLAMES
Rittich stopped 95 of the 101 shots he faced, compiling a 2-0-1 record, 1.94 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in three contests to lift the Flames (13-12-4, 30 points) to five out of a possible six standings points. He made 35 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 25. Rittich then turned aside 34 shots, including 16 in the third period and overtime, in a 3-2 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 27. He added 26 stops in a 3-1 victory against the Ottawa Senators Nov. 30. The 27-year-old Jihlava, Czech Republic, native has played in 23 total games this season, posting a 12-7-4 record with a 2.68 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and two shutouts.
Video: OTT@CGY: Rittich shuts down Senators late in 3rd
THIRD STAR - MARTIN JONES, G, SAN JOSE SHARKS
Jones went 3-0-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in three appearances to backstop the Sharks (15-12-1, 31 points) to three wins in four games and into third place in the Pacific Division. He earned two victories against his former team, the Los Angeles Kings, making 33 saves in both a 4-3 overtime win Nov. 25 and a 4-1 triumph Nov. 29. Jones, who went 10-2-0 in November (2.62 GAA, .902 SV%), closed the month with 21 stops in a 4-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes Nov. 30. The 29-year-old North Vancouver, B.C., native has compiled a 12-8-1 record with a 3.03 goals-against average and .896 save percentage through 22 total outings this season.
Video: SJS@ARI: Jones robs Richardson with right hand