Oilers captain Connor McDavid was named the NHL's First Star of the Week with six points in three games.
NEW YORK (Oct. 17, 2016) - Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid,
Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews and Florida Panthers goaltender
Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending
FIRST STAR - CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS
McDavid tied for the League lead in points with 3-3-6 in three games
as the Oilers (2-1-0, 4 points) opened the season with a pair of victories.
In his first regular-season game as Oilers captain, McDavid helped open
Rogers Place by notching two goals, including the game-winner, and adding
one assist in a 7-4 victory over the Calgary Flames. He tallied 1-2-3 two
nights later in a 5-3 win over the Flames in Calgary on Oct. 14. McDavid
was held pointless in a 6-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 16. In his
second season with the Oilers, the 19-year-old Newmarket, Ont., native has
appeared in 48 career games posting 54 points (19-35-54).
SECOND STAR - AUSTON MATTHEWS, C, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Matthews tied for the League lead with four goals as the Maple Leafs
gained three of a possible four points for the week. Matthews became the
first player in the modern era to record four goals in his NHL debut, a 5-4
overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 12. In his home debut,
Matthews was held off the scoresheet as Toronto defeated the Boston Bruins
4-1 on Oct. 15. The 19-year-old San Ramon, Calif., native was the first
overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft after playing the 2015-16 season for
Zurich in Switzerland's top professional league where he recorded 46 points
(24-22-46) in 36 games played.
THIRD STAR - ROBERTO LUONGO, G, FLORIDA PANTHERS
Luongo went 2-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average and .957 save
percentage to lead the Panthers to a pair of season opening wins. Luongo
opened the week on Oct. 13 by making 23 saves in a 2-1 victory over the New
Jersey Devils. On Oct. 15, he made 21 saves against the Detroit Red Wings
to record his 438th career win, good for sixth on the all-time wins list,
one ahead of Jacques Plante (437). In his 17th NHL season, the 36-year-old
Montreal, Que., native, who began his career with the Islanders (7 wins),
is the franchise wins leader for both the Canucks (252) and Panthers (179).