Lehner and Zibanejad earn first and second Stars of Week


It was a good week for New York locals. Both the Islanders and Rangers were successful on the ice with key players highlighting big weeks by each crosstown rival.

Isles starter Robin Lehner earned the NHL’s First Star of the Week by winning all three of his starts to propel the surprising club into first place in the Metro Division. They lead the Blue Jackets and Capitals by three points following Lehner’s 19 save shutout of the Ducks on Sunday.

Following a bad 7-5 defeat at Columbus that resulted in heavy criticism from first-year coach David Quinn, the Rangers responded by winning their next three games. Mika Zibanejad was instrumental during the three-game winning streak. He twice had two-goal games including his third four-point game of the season. His performance was recognized by the league with the first line center garnering Second Star of the Week honors, beating out high scoring Blackhawks superstar P

Lehner, Zibanejad and Kane Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week

Stars of the Week, Lehner, Zibanejad, Kane

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NEW YORK (Jan. 21, 2019) – New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner, New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 20.

FIRST STAR – ROBIN LEHNER, G, NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Lehner stopped 65 of the 67 shots he faced, compiling a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and one shutout to lift the Islanders (29-15-4, 62 points) to their fifth straight victory overall and into first place in the Metropolitan Division. He yielded one goal in each of his first two outings for the week, making 30 saves in a 2-1 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues Jan. 15 and 16 stops in a 4-1 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Jan. 17. Lehner then helped the Islanders record their second consecutive shutout (following a 19-save performance by Thomas Greiss Jan. 18 at WSH), turning aside all 19 shots against in a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Jan. 20. The 27-year-old Gothenburg, Sweden, native has appeared in 26 total games this season, pacing the NHL with a 2.02 goals-against average and ranking second with a .930 save percentage to go along with a 15-7-3 record and three shutouts. Lehner also leads the League with 11 wins in his past 12 contests dating to Dec. 18 (1.30 GAA, .953 SV%, 2 SO).

SECOND STAR – MIKA ZIBANEJAD, C, NEW YORK RANGERS

Zibanejad scored the winning goal in all three of his appearances, topping the NHL with five total tallies (5-2—7) to propel the Rangers (21-20-7, 49 points) to a perfect week. Zibanejad posted 2-2—4, his fourth career four-point performance and third of the season (also Oct. 23 vs. FLA: 2-2—4 and Dec. 29 at NSH: 0-4—4), in a 6-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Jan. 15. He then scored once, the decisive marker, in a 4-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks Jan. 17. Zibanejad added two more goals in a 3-2 triumph over the Boston Bruins Jan. 19, making him the second player in the Rangers’ 93-year history to record the winning goal in three consecutive team games (also Rod Gilbert: Dec. 11-17, 1966). The 25-year-old Huddinge, Sweden, native leads New York with 27 assists and 44 points in 48 total contests this season (17-27—44) – three points shy of his 72-game output from 2017-18 (27-20—47).

THIRD STAR – PATRICK KANE, RW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Kane, the top scorer on the Blackhawks (17-24-9, 43 points), registered one four-point outing and one five-point performance to lead the NHL with 4-6—10 in three games. He opened the week with 2-2—4, his eighth multi-goal effort of the season, in an 8-5 loss to the New Jersey Devils Jan. 14. Kane collected one assist in a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers Jan. 17. He then posted 2-3—5, his second career five-point game and first since Jan. 9, 2018 (1-4—5 at OTT), in an 8-5 victory over the Washington Capitals Jan. 20. The 30-year-old Buffalo native sits fifth in the League with 29-41—70 through 49 total contests this season. That includes 7-13—20 during an active eight-game point streak, giving him the most points thus far in the 2019 calendar year.

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All-Star Skills

The 2019 SAP NHL All-Star Skills will take place Friday, Jan. 25, at SAP Center (6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. PT, NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS).

The evening will feature six events, all individual competitions that will award the winner $25,000.

* Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater
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* SAP NHL Hardest Shot
* Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting

Click here for event details.

All-Star Game Jerseys

The NHL and adidas have unveiled the eco-innovative and ocean-inspired adizero authentic jerseys for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game – the first-ever NHL jerseys featuring repurposed and upcycled materials created in partnership with Parley for the Oceans.

Designed with Parley Ocean Plastic – a range of materials made from upcycled marine plastic debris – each jersey is crafted to be a symbol of change in the movement to protect the oceans.

Click here for more details.

Stadium Series Accreditation

Media credential applications for the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series now are available.

Click here to submit an application, which is due by Thursday, Feb. 7.

The 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will take place at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field – between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins – on Saturday, Feb. 23.

All-Star Game Jerseys

The NHL and adidas have unveiled the eco-innovative and ocean-inspired adizero authentic jerseys for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game – the first-ever NHL jerseys featuring repurposed and upcycled materials created in partnership with Parley for the Oceans.

Designed with Parley Ocean Plastic – a range of materials made from upcycled marine plastic debris – each jersey is crafted to be a symbol of change in the movement to protect the oceans.

Click here for more details.

Stadium Series Accreditation

Media credential applications for the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series now are available.

Click here to submit an application, which is due by Thursday, Feb. 7.

The 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will take place at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field – between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins – on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Midseason Rankings

Center Jack Hughes of the U.S. National Team Development Program’s Under-18 Team and right wing Kaapo Kakko of Finland’s TPS rank No. 1 among North American and international skaters, respectively, in NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s midseason rankings.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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