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Laine Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

By Carter Brooks

Photo by James Carey Lauder

On Monday morning the NHL announced that Winnipeg Jets’ forward Patrik Laine has been named the league’s First Star of the Week.

Laine Named NHL’s First Star of the Week

Although only dressing in four games, Laine put up 11 goals – two of which were game-winners – and two hat tricks during the week ending on Sunday, November, 25th. Unless something drastic changes, the 20-year-old winger very well may walk away with the league’s top player of the month as well. 

Laine put up his second hat trick of the month of November against Vancouver on Monday. Wednesday saw Laine find the twine twice against Calgary, while Friday’s afternoon contest in Minnesota was Laine’s least productive game, as the Finn only scored one time in the contest. However, it was Saturday in which the 2017-18 Rocket Richard Trophy runner-up produced his very best. 

In joining Wayne Gretzky and Don Murdoch as the only players to score five goals in a single game before their 21st birthday, Laine took over the NHL goal scoring lead, putting up the first five-goal game in Jets’ franchise history, and the first since Johan Franzen in 2011 and Marian Gaborik in 2007. 

Laine’s 16 goals in the month of November rank first in the NHL for this month, this year, last year, and any year since the 1996-97 season, while his league-leading nine power play markers are nearly half of the goals he scored on the man advantage in 2017-18 (20), which also led the NHL. He is on pace to blow last season’s goal and power play goal totals out of the water. 

Laine joins Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler as the only players to be selected within the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week this season. Of the three, Laine is the only first star selection. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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