Kane, Bennett, Kopitar named NHL’s three stars of the week

Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Calgary’s Sam Bennett and Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Jan. 17, the league announced on Monday.

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Kane tied for the League lead in points with seven (4-3—7) as the Blackhawks (31-13-4, 66 points) won all four starts to move into first place in the Central Division.

Bennett led the League with six goals (6-0—6) in three games as the Flames (20-20-3, 43 points) gained three of a possible six standings points.

Kopitar tied for the League lead with seven points (2-5—7) in three games as the Pacific Division-leading Kings (28-13-3, 59 points) gained four of a possible six standings points.

Another huge performance from Kane, who continues to strengthen his Hart Trophy candidacy on a weekly basis. Kane now leads the NHL in goals (29), assists (40) and points (69). He’s on pace to smash his career-high in points — 88, scored during the 2009-10 campaign — and, at this current rate, could flirt with the 120-point plateau.

The last player to score 120 or more in a season? Sidney Crosby, in 2006-07.

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