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Chicago Blackhawks, NHL 3 Stars: Little To Be Happy For In Chicago

By Colin Likas
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Eastern Conference 3 Stars

Third star: Boston Bruins F Brad Marchand. The diminutive Marchand led the East with four goals in last week’s games, helping the Bruins defeat the Red Wings and Penguins. He had a powerplay strike against the Wings before tying the game midway through the third period with another tally.

Then, against the Penguins, Marchand had a shorthanded goal and another marker to drag the Bruins back from an early 2-0 deficit. For his strong scoring effort, Marchand gets a star.

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Second star: Washington Capitals Fs Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Since they’re from the same team, I’m handing out a dual second star. Burakovsky led the East last week with five points on the strength of four assists, while Kuznetsov potted three goals and added an apple.

This all came in two games as well, since the Caps were shut out by Ottawa 3-0 in their middle game last week. In a 6-1 rout of Carolina, Burakovsky had three assists while Kuznetsov netted a goal and an assist. The duo added to their aforementioned totals in a 5-2 thumping of New Jersey.

First star: Toronto Maple Leafs G Fredrik Andersen. The Andersen in Toronto experience got off to a so-so start. But like his teammates, Andersen picked up his play heading into the break.

Toronto posted consecutive 4-0 victories over Calgary and Detroit, and Andersen was in net for both. He recorded 48 saves on as many shot attempts for a pair of shutouts across three days. To boot, he added an assist Nikita Soshnikov‘s goal against the Wings.

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