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Stone named NHL's Third Star

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Senators rookie forward Mark Stone's incredibly strong play over the past week has earned him some love from the NHL as he was named the league's Third Star of the Week for the week ending April 12th.

From the NHL...

THIRD STAR – MARK STONE, RW, OTTAWA SENATORS

Stone ranked second with four goals (4-1-5) to lift the Senators (43-26-13, 99 points) to three straight wins and their 15th playoff berth in franchise history, capping a dramatic 23-4-4 run to end the season. He posted his first career multi-goal performance, including the overtime winner, in a 4-3 triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins April 7. Stone then collected one assist in a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers April 9 before closing the season with two goals in the team's playoff-clinching 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers April 11. The 22-year-old Winnipeg native led all rookies with 26-38-64 in 80 outings this season. That included a nine-game point streak to end the season (8-5-13), the longest such run by any rookie in franchise history, and 14-21-35 during the club's 31-game surge to the playoffs.

Stone scored several huge goals for the Sens over the past 7 days but his overtime winner against the Pittsburgh Penguins just might have been his most clutch tally of the season...

As mentioned above, Stone finished the season on a 9-game point streak where he amassed 13 points (8 goals and 5 assists). While earning the weekly award is quite an accomplishment, Stone has been playing at high-level for over 3 months now and has inserted himself near the top of the list to be named a Calder finalist at this year's NHL Awards.

Sens TV caught up with Mark after the team's pratice today...

Stone and the Sens begin their first round playoff match-up against the Canadiens in Montreal on Wednesday.

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