Panarin, Burns, Murray named NHL’s three stars of the week


Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin, Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, and Penguins goalie Matt Murray have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.


Panarin led the League with 3-5-8 in three outings as the Blackhawks (46-26-7, 99 points) won two of three starts for the week to clinch a berth in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Burns finished second among all scorers and first among defensemen with 1-6-7 in four games as the Sharks (44-29-6, 94 points) gained six of a possible eight standings points.

Murray went 3-0-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and one shutout as the Penguins (46-25-8, 100 points) recorded four victories for the week to extend their overall winning streak to six games and move into second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Panarin now holds a 20-point lead in the rookie scoring race. Most observers believe it’s down to him, Connor McDavid and Shayne Gostisbehere for the Calder Trophy.

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