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Latendresse Named NHL's Third Star

by Glen Andresen / Minnesota Wild

Guillaume Latendresse was named the National Hockey League's Third Star of the Week today. In four games during the week, Latendresse picked up four goals and four assists and was a +5. The early season acquisition started off the week by figuring in all four goals of a 4-3 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. After assisting on his club's first three goals, Latendresse buried the game-winner in the third period.

He followed that game with an assist in a 5-2 win over Vancouver on Wednesday. Latendresse and the Wild were shut out in St. Louis on Thursday. But on Saturday, the power forward posted the Wild's second hat trick of the season and the first-ever in a loss as the Wild fell to Phoenix, 6-4.

Washington's Alexander Ovechkin and St. Louis' Chris Mason were named the first and second stars, respectively.

Since coming to Minnesota in a November trade with Montreal, Latendresse has posted 19 points (13-6=19) in 24 games, after recording just two goals and an assist in 23 games as a Canadien. Since December 15, Latendresse leads the NHL with 10 even strength goals. The Wild is 16-8-8 with him in the lineup, and 9-2-0 when he has a point. 

This is the first time in two years that a Wild player has been named a "Star of the Week." Niklas Backstrom was named the Second Star on January 20, 2008. The only other Wild forward to earn a Star of the Week honor was Marian Gaborik (four times). Backstrom has earned the honor three times while Dwayne Roloson and Manny Fernandez were each named once.
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