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Grabner Named NHL's First Star

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / New York Rangers

Rangers forward Michael Grabner was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Jan. 8, 2017.

From the NHL

Grabner led the League with 5-2-7, including two game-winning goals, in three contests to propel the Rangers (28-13-1, 57 points) to a pair of victories. He was held off the scoresheet in a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Jan. 3, but potted the winning tallies - as well as consecutive multi-point and +4 performances - in the following two games: 2-1-3 in a 5-2 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 4 and 3-1-4 in a 5-4 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 7. The latter included his fourth career hat trick and second of the season (also Oct. 30 vs. TBL) as well as his second career four-point outing (also Dec. 19, 2015 vs. LAK: 2-2-4 w/ TOR). The 29-year-old Villach, Austria, native shares sixth place in the NHL with 19 goals (19-8-27) in 41 appearances this season, his highest total since 2011-12 (20 G in 78 GP w/ NYI). 

Edmonton's Patrick Maroon was named the second start, while Braden Holtby of Washington was named the third.

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