Maple Leafs' Marner named NHL's first star for February, Flames' Markstrom second

Toronto Maple Leafs' Mitchell Marner (16) shoots the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Elmont, N.Y. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner, Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine have been named the NHL’s three stars for the month of February.

Marner tied for top spot with nine goals to go along with league-highs in assists (14) and points (23) as Toronto went 7-4-1.

The 24-year-old had seven multi-point performances, including a career-best four-goal game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Markstrom topped the NHL with eight wins in 10 starts, going 8-1-0 with a 2.04 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and one shutout as the Flames rolled to a 10-1-0 record in February.

The 32-year-old allowed two or fewer goals in seven of his 10 appearances, highlighted by a league-leading eighth shutout Feb. 9.

Laine, 23, tied Marner atop the goals race last month with nine of his own, including three game-winners, in 10 outings.

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