Canucks’ Elias Pettersson named first star of the week


Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday October 9, 2019. (Darryl Dyck/CANADIAN PRESS)

NEW YORK — Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson, Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith are the NHL’s three stars of the week.

Pettersson led the NHL with six assists and nine points in four games to help the Canucks post a 3-0-1 week and increase their overall point streak to seven games (5-0-2). His week included a four-point performance (one goal, three assists) in a 5-3 win at Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Vrana led the league with five goals in three contests, and added an assist, as the league-leading Capitals (11-2-3, 25 points) extended their overall point streak to nine games (8-0-1). He capped his week with his first career hat trick in a 4-2 victory against Calgary on Sunday.

Smith stopped 74 of the 76 shots he faced, compiling a 2-0-0 record, 0.98 goals-against average and .974 save percentage for the Pacific Division-leading Oilers, who went 2-1-0 over their road trip last week.

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