Steen, Crosby, Niemi Named 'Three Stars' of Month

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Steen, Crosby, Niemi Named \'Three Stars\' of Month
Alexander Steen, Sidney Crosby and Antti Niemi named NHL \'Three Stars\' for October.

NEW YORK – St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the month of October.

FIRST STAR – ALEXANDER STEEN, LW, ST. LOUIS BLUES

Steen led all players with 11 goals, scoring in nine of 10 games and on 35.5% of his shots on goal, to help the Blues pick up 16 out of a possible 20 points (7-1-2). He posted five multi-point games, including 1-3—4 versus the New York Rangers Oct. 12, and also tied for second in the League with four power-play goals. Steen scored two game-winning goals, both in the final minute of regulation: Oct. 9 versus the Chicago Blackhawks (19:38 of the 3rd period) and Oct. 29 against the Winnipeg Jets (19:00). He has found the back of the net in each of his past five games, totaling 7-1—8 in that span. The 29-year-old Winnipeg native leads the Blues and ranks fifth in the NHL with 16 points (11-5—16) in 10 games.

SECOND STAR – SIDNEY CROSBY, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Crosby paced the NHL with 21 points (8-13—21) in 13 games to lead the Penguins to first place in the Metropolitan Division (9-4-0, 18 points). He opened 2013-14 with points in each of his first eight games (7-10—17), his longest stretch to begin a season. Crosby also had six multi-point efforts, including his eighth career regular-season hat trick Oct. 12 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning (3 1—4) and three-point performances against both the Edmonton Oilers Oct. 15 and Vancouver Canucks Oct. 19. The 26-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S., native finished the month with points in 11 of 13 games; the Penguins went 9-2-0 in games in which he recorded a point, versus 0-2-0 when he failed to do so.

THIRD STAR – ANTTI NIEMI, G, SAN JOSE SHARKS

Niemi posted a 9-1-2 record with a 1.72 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and two shutouts in helping the Sharks earn a League-best 22 points (10-1-2). He allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 12 appearances, including shutout victories over the Detroit Red Wings Oct. 21 (24 saves) and Montreal Canadiens Oct. 26 (22 saves). Niemi shared the NHL lead in wins and shutouts, while also placing in the top three in goals-against average and minutes (730:44). The 30-year-old Vantaa, Finland, native is playing in his fifth full NHL season and fourth with the Sharks after backstopping the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2010.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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