USA Olympians Zach Parise, Phil Kessel top NHL’s stars of the week
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Two USA Olympian’s topped the NHL’s ‘Stars of the week’ list, including the 2014 U.S. Men’s hockey captain Zach Parise.
Parise finished as the NHL’s number one star of the week with an NHL-leading total of eight points (3-5-8) which started off with a three point effort against the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 28 in which the Minnesota Wild forward tallied two assists before potting the game-winning goal.
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Two nights later Parise recorded a season-high four points (2-2-4) against the Colorado Avalanche, having his say in all of the goals scored by the Wild in the 5-4 loss.
On Friday the 29-year-old was named captain of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s hockey team after serving as an alternate during the 2010 Winter games in Vancouver where he scored the biggest goal for the USA to force overtime in the gold medal game against Canada.
Phil Kessel, also headed to Sochi to compete for Team USA later this month, ended his work week with three goals and four assists to earn him a spot as the NHL’s second star of the week.
The 26-year-old winger leads the Toronto Maple Leafs in scoring and is second behind only Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin (39) with 30 goals in 57 games. Kessel is fourth in the NHL with overall points, collecting 61 (30-31-60).
Rounding out the top-three of the week is Calgary Flames forward, Mikael Backlund who put up four goals and two assists.