The National Hockey League has announced that Montreal Canadiens left wing John Scott, Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending January 31st.
First Star – John Scott
Scott earned MVP honors as he captained the Pacific Division to victory at 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, last night, the first time the midseason showcase was played under the 3-on-3 format.
Scott scored twice on three shots on goal and registered a +2 rating in the Pacific team’s 9-6 win over the Central Division team in the semifinals of the tournament. Scott went on to tally two shots on goal in a 1-0 triumph over the Atlantic Division team in the All-Star final, helping the Pacific Division capture the $1 million winner-take-all prize.
“You can’t put it into words, you can’t write this stuff,” Scott said. “It was a whirlwind and it went by so fast, but I loved it. It was probably the coolest thing I have done in hockey.”
Second Star – Cam Atkinson
Atkinson with four goals and sharing the League lead with five points in two games to power the Blue Jackets to a sweep of their home-and-home series against the Montreal Canadiens. He had his third career hat trick in the 5-2 victory on January 25th to become the third player in franchise history to post a trio of hat tricks (also Rick Nash: 5, Tyler Wright: 3).
Atkinson followed that effort with goal and assist in another 5-2 win on the 26th. The 26-year-old Riverside, Conn., native ranks third on the Blue Jackets with 17 goals and 15 points for 32 points in 50 games this season. His 17 goals are five shy of his career high of 22 established in 78 contests in 2014-15.
Third Star – Jack Eichel
Eichel notched two goals and two assists in two games to lead the Sabres to a split of their pair of games. He recorded two assists in a 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers January 25th. Eichel then scored twice, including the tying goal and game winning goal, in a 3-2 comeback victory for Buffalo over the Ottawa Senators on January 26th.
The 19-year-old North Chelmsford, Mass., native ranks second among rookies in goals with 16 and points (34) in his 50 appearances this season.