Predators winger Martin Erat was named the Third Star of the Week for the entire National Hockey League for his three-goal, six-point effort in three games from Nov. 12-17. The Trebic, Czech Republic native leads the Preds in assists (12), and sits second in points (17) entering tonight’s contest against the St. Louis Blues.
Erat started the week off with a career-high four points (2g-2a) in a 4-1 rout of the Columbus Blue Jackets last Monday. He notched the game-winning goal on a beautiful individual effort at 12:33 of the first period, and added an empty-net marker with just 28 seconds remaining. His pair of helpers came on goals by linemate J.P. Dumont.
The 6-0, 195-pounder followed that up by providing the overtime heroics in a 5-4 thriller with the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at the Sommet Center. In addition to the sudden-death game-winner, Erat set up the first goal of the game by Jason Arnott for his second multi-point game in as many tries.
Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightining was named First Star for the second consecutive week, while San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov was Second Star.
Erat becomes the second Pred to be honored in the league’s Three Stars of the Week – goaltender Chris Mason was named Third Star the opening week of the 2007-08 season.
Erat and the rest of his Nashville Predator teammates return to action tonight in St. Louis for the second half of a home-and-home series with the Blues. There is no local television coverage, but all the action can be followed on Predators Radio, and its flagship station, WGFX-104.5 The Zone.