Montreal Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec named NHL’s first star; Kuemper, Crosby also honoured

 

 
 
 
 
Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec celebrates a goal during second period NHL action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
 
 

Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec celebrates a goal during second period NHL action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

More on This Story

 

NEW YORK – Montreal Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec is the first star of the opening week of the NHL season.

Plekanec had four goals and an assist last week as the Canadiens started the season with three straight road wins.

He began the season with two goals, including the game-winner with 42.9 seconds remaining in regulation, in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Plekanec scored Montreal’s lone regulation goal in a 2-1 shootout win over Washington on Thursday and closed the week with a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout victory over Philadelphia on Saturday.

Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper was named second star and Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby earned the league’s third star.

Kuemper stopped all 46 shots he faced in helping the Wild become the fifth team since 1943-44 to begin a season with consecutive shutouts.

He recorded 16 saves in a 5-0 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday and then completed the home-and-home sweep with 30 stops in a 3-0 win Saturday.

Crosby had three goals and three assists to lead Pittsburgh to a pair of season-opening wins.

He had two goals and an assist in a win over Anaheim on Thursday, and followed with a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win in Toronto on Saturday.

 
 
 
Font:
 
 
 
 
Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec celebrates a goal during second period NHL action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
 

Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec celebrates a goal during second period NHL action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

 
Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec celebrates a goal during second period NHL action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Montreal Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec, of the Czech Republic, tips the puck into the net for a goal behind Philadelphia Flyers' Ray Emery during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Canadians won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, left, makes a glove save of a redirected shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche center Daniel Briere in the first period of a hockey game in Denver on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with Patric Hornqvist, of Sweden, right, after scoring in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
 
 
 
 
 
 
We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, and please keep your comments relevant and respectful. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report spam or abuse. We are using Facebook commenting. Visit our FAQ page for more information.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Your voice