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Thornton NHL's '2nd Star' for November

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks


NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla and New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for November.

SECOND STAR -- JOE THORNTON, C, SAN JOSE SHARKS

Thornton also tallied 20 points in November, including a League-leading 16 assists, as the Sharks posted a 9-2-3 record and ended the month first in the NHL overall standings (18-6-4). Thornton recorded assists in 10 of 14 games, beginning with a pair in a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Nov. 1 -- the Sharks' first win in Raleigh since Oct. 24, 2000. He tallied four assists in a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 20, reaching the NHL Milestone of 600 for his career. He tallied the game-winning goal plus an assist in a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 21 and collected three more assists in a 5-4 shootout win at Edmonton Nov. 27. Thornton moved up to second place in the NHL scoring race with 37 points (seven goals, 30 assists), concluded the month with an active eight-game point streak (3-12--15) and has tallied points in each of his past 14 road games (6-15--21).

FIRST STAR -- JAROME IGINLA, RW, CALGARY FLAMES

Iginla led all scorers with 20 points (13-7--20) in 14 games, helping the Flames post a 10-2-2 record and take first place in the Northwest Division. Iginla recorded goals in nine of 14 games and tallied three game-winners, beginning with an overtime strike that capped a three-point performance in a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Nov. 4. He tallied the game-winner in consecutive contests less than a week later, coming in a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers Nov. 7 and a 1-0 decision over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 10. The Flames captain also scored his ninth career hat trick in a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 21. Iginla leads the Flames in scoring with 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) in 26 games.

THIRD STAR -- MARIAN GABORIK, RW, NEW YORK RANGERS

Gaborik tallied 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 13 games, moving into first place in the NHL scoring race and becoming the first player to reach the 20-goal mark. Gaborik notched points in 11 games, beginning with the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins Nov. 1. He recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 6, scored two goals a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals Nov. 17 and recorded a season-high four points (two goals, two assists) in a 7-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Nov. 23. Gaborik finished the month by scoring twice, his 20th and 21st goals of the season, in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 30. Gaborik leads all scorers with 37 points (21 goals, 16 assists) in 25 games. He has tallied 34 goals in his past 42 contests.

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