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Chicago Blackhawks, NHL 3 Stars: Hartman Finding His Game

By Gregory Bradshaw
Jan 8, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the third period against the Nashville Predators at the United Center. Chicago won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Ryan Hartman (38) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the third period against the Nashville Predators at the United Center. Chicago won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Western Conference 3 Stars

Third star: Connor McDavid

The sophomore has been stellar all season long and continues to prove his worth every week. This week, the Oilers captain added four more helpers to add to his league lead in points (50) and assists (36). With a five-point lead in points, the 20-year-old is looking to win the first Art Ross Trophy of his promising, young career.

Second star: Devan Dubnyk

The Minnesota Wild have relied so heavily upon Devan Dubnyk in what has been a highly successful start to the year. Dubnyk leads all goaltenders with a 1.77 GAA, a .940 save percentage, and ranks second in wins with 22. This week, Minnesota’s netminder allowed only two goals, but the highlight was an impressive 20-save victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

First star: Brent Burns

When it comes to offensive defensemen in the NHL, Brent Burns is the cream of the crop. Not only does Burns rank third in points (44), but he leads the entire NHL in shots with 166. Pretty impressive for a defenseman!

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This week alone, Brent Burns chipped in two goals and three assists. Also an impressive statistic in these two games was Burns’ TOI of 29:33 in a victory over Edmonton and 26:49 in a loss to the Flames. It’s fair to say, Burns is a true workhorse!

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