Wednesday, March 29, 2023
UFC Gym UFC Store

McDavid, MacKinnon and Ullmark Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ for February

NEW YORK – Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of February.


McDavid, who began February by participating in his sixth NHL All-Star Game, led the League in assists (14), points (23), shots on goal (63), power-play assists (7), power-play points (t-8), shorthanded goals (t-2) and shorthanded points (t-3) across 11 contests to guide the Oilers (32-21-8, 72 points) to a 4‑3-4 month. McDavid, who also shared second place in goals (9) and topped NHL forwards in average time on ice (23:41), found the scoresheet in 10 of his 11 appearances, headlined by seven multi-point performances and a streak of four straight multi-goal games to close the month (Feb. 21-27: 8-5—13) – the longest by any player since Patrick Marleau more than 10 years ago (Jan. 20-26, 2013: 8-3—11 in 4 GP w/ SJS). Among his February achievements, McDavid reached the 100-point milestone for the sixth time (Feb. 17 vs. NYR), became the fifth-fastest and fifth-youngest player in League history to accumulate 800 career points (Feb. 21 vs. PHI), and capped the month by becoming the first NHL player since 1995-96 to hit the 50-goal milestone in 61 or fewer games (Feb. 27 vs. BOS). The 26-year-old McDavid, who is looking to add his first Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy to his collection of two straight and four career Art Ross Trophies, paces the NHL in goals (50), assists (65), points (115), power-play assists (37) and power-play points (54) through 61 total outings this season.


MacKinnon, who played in his fourth NHL All-Star Game, tied for second in the League in points per game (1.70) and placed third overall with 9-8—17 in 10 contests to propel the Avalanche (34-19-5, 73 points) into third place in the Central Division on the strength of a 7-1-2 February. MacKinnon – who led the NHL in even-strength points (8-7—15), finished second in shots on goal (56) and shared second place in goals (9) – ranked among the top forwards in average time on ice (2nd; 23:08) and plus/minus (t-4th; +8). He collected points in nine of his 10 outings during the month, including each of his last eight to close February (8-8—16). That stretch featured a run of six consecutive multi-point performances (Feb. 11-24: 6-8—14), matching a career high also achieved Nov. 18-28, 2018 (6-9—15), as well as a pair of game-winning goals (Feb. 11 at FLA and Feb. 15 at MIN). The 27-year-old MacKinnon, who has missed 11 of Colorado’s 58 total contests this season (47 GP), sits second in the NHL – behind only McDavid (1.89) – with 1.51 points per game in 2022-23 (22-49—71), the highest average of his 10-year career. He also ranks among this season’s top performers in shots on goal (6th; 248), assists (9th; 49) and points (17th; 71).


Ullmark, who helped the Atlantic Division capture a championship in his NHL All-Star Game debut, posted a flawless month, going 6-0-0 with a 1.79 goals-against average and .947 save percentage as the League-leading Bruins (47-8-5, 99 points) recorded an NHL-best 9-1-0 February. Ullmark allowed two or fewer goals in each of his first five starts, then capped the month with a career-high and franchise-record 54 saves Feb. 28 at CGY. He became the second-fastest goaltender in League history to reach the 30-win milestone, doing so in his 37th game Feb. 25 at VAN. Ullmark achieved another notable feat in that contest, becoming the 13th different netminder in NHL history – and first since Jan. 9, 2020 – to score a regular-season goal. The 29-year-old Ullmark, who has made 38 total appearances in 2022-23, paces the League in wins (31), goals-against average (1.88) and save percentage (.938) this season. He is seeking to become the sixth different goaltender in NHL history to finish a season atop all three categories (minimum: 40 GP) and the first since Carey Price in 2014-15 (w/ MTL).

NHL Tickets

Related Articles

Official San Antonio Spurs Fan Shop

Latest Articles