NEW YORK – Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom, Ottawa Senators right wing Drake Batherson and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 31.
FIRST STAR – JACOB MARKSTROM, G, CALGARY FLAMES
Markstrom stopped 93 of the 94 shots he faced, compiling a 3-0-0 record, 0.33 goals-against average, .989 save percentage and two shutouts to help the Flames (6-1-1, 13 points) move into first place in the Pacific Division while extending their winning streak to six games (dating to Oct. 21). He registered 28 saves in a 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers Oct. 25. Markstrom then earned consecutive shutouts for the first time in his NHL career, turning aside 45 shots in a 4-0 triumph against the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 28 – the third shutout performance in franchise history with at least 45 saves – and making 20 stops in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 30. The 31-year-old Gävle, Sweden, native has appeared in six total contests this season, leading the League with three shutouts (also Oct. 21 at DET: 33 SV) while posting a 4-1-1 record, 1.33 goals-against average and .957 save percentage.
SECOND STAR – DRAKE BATHERSON, RW, OTTAWA SENATORS
Batherson collected 3-3-6, including his first career hat trick and four-point performance, in two outings as the Senators (3-4-0, 6 points) split a pair of games. He recorded 3-1-4, scoring once in each period to claim his first NHL hat trick, in a 7-5 loss to the Washington Capitals Oct. 25. The contest, which also saw a three-goal performance from Washington’s T.J. Oshie, marked the NHL’s first game with ‘dueling hat tricks’ since Jan. 14, 2020 (Auston Matthews, TOR; Blake Coleman; NJD). Batherson added two helpers in a 4-1 triumph over the Dallas Stars Oct. 29. The 23-year-old Fort Wayne, Ind., native – who has posted 27-34-61 through 106 career NHL appearances – tops Ottawa with 4-4-8 in seven contests this season.
THIRD STAR – ALEX KILLORN, LW, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Killorn paced the NHL with 4-2-6 in three games to power the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning (4-3-1, 9 points) to a pair of victories. He scored Tampa Bay’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Oct. 25. Killorn then collected 1-1-2 in a 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins Oct. 26 and 2-1-3, including his 12th career three-point performance and 28th career game-winning goal, in a 5-1 triumph over the Arizona Coyotes Oct. 28. The 32-year-old Halifax, N.S., native – who has accumulated at least 30 points in each of his last eight seasons – leads the Lightning with six goals and ranks second on the team with nine points through eight outings in 2021-22 (6-3-9).