The NHL has announced that Mika Zibanejad has been named the First Star of the Week.
From the release:
- Zibanejad topped the NHL with seven goals in three games to help the Rangers (36-28-4, 76 points) move within three points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
- He potted New York’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues March 3.
- Zibanejad then scored five times, including the overtime winner, in a 6-5 victory against the Washington Capitals March 5. He became the third player in Rangers history to record a five-goal game, joining Don Murdoch (Oct. 12, 1976 at MNS) and Mark Pavelich (Feb. 23, 1983 vs. HFD).
- Zibanejad also became the second player in League history to register a five-goal performance that included an overtime winner. The other: Detroit’s Sergei Fedorov (Dec. 26, 1996 vs. WSH). Zibanejad added one more goal in a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils March 7.
- The 26-year-old Huddinge, Sweden, native ranks fifth in the NHL with a career-high 39 goals in 55 games this season (39-33—72). That includes a League-best 21 goals in his past 20 outings dating to Jan. 31 (21-12—33).
He was last the First Star of the Week in the NHL on 10/7/19, after netting four goals and four assists in the first two games of the Rangers season.
Zibanejad was named the Second Star in the NHL for the month of February and the Second Star of the Week that ended on 2/23