NEW YORK — Buffalo Sabers defenseman Rasmus DahlinOttawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk and goaltender for the New Jersey Devils Mackenzie Blackwood were named NHL “Three Stars” for the week ending October 23.
FIRST STAR – RASMUS DAHLIN, D, BUFFALO SABERS
Dahlin (3-2–5 in 3 games) topped the defensemen’s scoring charts last week with a 3-2–5, highlighted by a record-setting goal streak, as the Sabers improved to 4-1-0 on the season by making the three-game road trip to Western Canada. The 22-year-old also posted a +5 cumulative rating and averaged 24:02 on the ice per game. Dahlin began the trip by opening the scoring in a 4-2 win at Edmonton on Oct. 18, becoming the first defenseman to score in a three-game season opener since Tampa Bay Victor Hedman in 2014-15. Two nights later in Calgary, Dahlin made history as the first NHL defenseman to score in each of his first four games of the campaign, recording a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win over the Flames on Oct. 20. He finished the week by extending his NHL record for a defenseman to five games (1-1–2) in a 5-1 win at Vancouver on Oct. 22, also setting a franchise record for longest goal-scoring streak by a defenseman at any time campaign and became the first Sabers skater with a five-game hitting streak since Thomas Vanek more than 14 years ago (5 GP from October 10-18, 2008). Skating in his fifth season with the Sabres, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft leads NHL defensemen in goals (five), points (eight) and plus-minus (tied, +8) this season.
Video: [email protected]: Dahlin scores his 5th goal in 5 games
SECOND STAR — BRADY TKACHUK, LV, OTTAWA SENATORS
Tkachuk had seven points (three goals, four assists) last week, with multiple points in all three outings, as the Senators won the first three games of a five-game homestand. The Ottawa captain began the week with a goal and two assists in the home opener, a 7-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on October 18th. Tkachuk’s goal 3:09 into the game came shortly after a new teammate Claude Giroux opened the scoring 1:04 into the game, marking the fastest two goals to start a home opener in Senators history. Tkachuk recorded a pair of assists and a game-high eight shots in a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on October 20 and scored a pair of goals in a 6-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on October 22. His first goal proved to be the game-winner and his second marked the 200th point of his NHL career (94-106–200 in 282 games). Selected minutes after Dahlin in the 2018 NHL Draft (fourth overall), Tkachuk is skating in his fifth NHL season with the Senators and second as captain.
Video: [email protected]: Senators score PPG after some nice passing
THIRD STAR – MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Blackwood won three games in as many starts for New Jersey, posting a 1.33 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage. He began the week by helping the Devils to their first win of the 2022-23 regular season, making 18 saves in a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Prudential Center on Oct. 18. He then helped the Devils record their first-ever shutout win at UBS Arena in Long Island, stopping 16 shots in a 4-1 victory against the New York Islanders on Oct. 20. He recorded his third straight victory by stopping 21 of 22 shots in a 2-1 home decision over the San Jose Sharks on October 22. Blackwood, 25, was a second-round pick, 42nd overall, by the Devils in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and is playing in his fifth NHL season. He improved his career record to 58-52-16 in 134 appearances with a 2.91 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.
Video: [email protected]: Blackwood stops Page’s one-timer