Flames' Johnny Gaudreau named NHL First Star of the Week

Jan 8 2019, 2:19 am

What a week for Johnny Gaudreau.

After leading the NHL with five goals and 11 points in four games last week, leading the Calgary Flames to first place in the Western Conference standings, Gaudreau has been recognized with the league’s highest weekly honour.

Gaudreau is the NHL’s First Star of the Week, finishing ahead of San Jose Sharks defenceman Brent Burns (Second Star) and New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner (Third Star).

Johnny Hockey’s week began with consecutive four-point games against the San Jose Sharks on New Year’s Eve and the Detroit Red Wings on January 2, both resulting in wins. He also had two points against the Boston Bruins in a losing effort before ending the week with a goal in Calgary’s 3-2 overtime win in Philadelphia.

The Flames are now in a first-place tie with the Vegas Golden Knights atop the Western Conference standings, with two games in hand.

It’s been an outstanding season for Gaudreau, who is on pace for his best-ever season with 62 points in 43 games. He’s tied for fourth in points (62), sixth in assists (38), and eighth in goals (24).

The 25-year-old was also recently named to the NHL All-Star Game and was the league’s Second Star for the month of December.

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