Staal Named NHL First Star of the Week
Hurricanes' leading scorer had four-goal, six-point night at Tampa Bay on Saturday
The National Hockey League today named Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal its first star of the week for the period ending March 8. Staal scored five goals and earned four assists (9 points) in helping the Hurricanes’ to a 3-0-0 record last week in games at Washington, against Calgary and at Tampa Bay.
Staal, 24, set new Hurricanes records (since the team’s relocation in 1997) and tied the franchise records for goals and points in a game with his four-goal, six-point night in Carolina’s 9-3 win at Tampa Bay on Saturday. He carries a season-long five-game points streak (2/26-3/7: 5g, 7a) into tonight’s home game against the New York Rangers. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native has 32 goals in 67 games this season, and is one of just five NHL players to reach the 30-goals mark in each of the last four seasons (Heatley, Iginla, Kovalchuk and Ovechkin are the other four). The Hurricanes drafted Staal (6’4”, 215 lbs.) in the first round, second overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.