NEW YORK – Florida Panthers left wing Matthew Tkachuk, Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin and Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 5.
FIRST STAR – MATTHEW TKACHUK, LW, FLORIDA PANTHERS
Representing the hometown Panthers (24-22-6, 54 points), Tkachuk compiled 4-3—7 in two games to capture MVP honors and power the Atlantic Division to a championship at the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game, held Feb. 4 at FLA Live Arena. Tkachuk, who registered 3-2—5 in a 10-6 victory over the Metropolitan Division in the semifinals and 1-1—2 in a 7-5 win against the Central Division in the final, became the 10th NHL player to claim All-Star Game MVP in his home venue – and first since Ryan Johansen in 2015 (w/ CBJ). The Scottsdale, Ariz., native also became the fourth U.S.-born player to win the award, following Mike Richter (1994), Bill Guerin (2001) and Brock Boeser (2018). Tkachuk’s five points in the semifinals matched a single-game record under the 3-on-3 All-Star Game format (since 2016), also achieved by Metropolitan Division teammates Mathew Barzal (2-3—5) and Sidney Crosby (2-3—5) in the 2019 final. Tkachuk’s seven total points on the day tied for the second-most in one 3-on-3 tournament, behind only Crosby’s 2019 performance (4-4—8 in 2 GP). The 25-year-old Tkachuk, who also was featured in two events (the Enterprise NHL Discover Splash Shot and Great Clips NHL Breakaway Challenge) during Friday’s 2023 NHL All-Star Skills presented by DraftKings Sportsbook, tops Florida with 25-41—66 in 49 total contests this season – his first with the Panthers. He also ranks among the League leaders in assists (t-6th; 41), points (7th; 66), power-play points (t-9th; 24) and shots on goal (13th; 187).
SECOND STAR – DYLAN LARKIN, C, DETROIT RED WINGS
Larkin, who paces the Red Wings (21-19-8, 50 points) with 15-28—43 in 47 appearances this season, notched 5-1—6 across two games to aide in the Atlantic Division’s championship at the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game. His five goals matched a single-tournament record, first achieved by Tomas Hertl in 2020 with the Pacific Division (5-0—5 in 2 GP). The 26-year-old Larkin, who also participated in the Upper Deck NHL Fastest Skater during the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills presented by DraftKings Sportsbook, posted 2-1—3 in the Atlantic Division’s 10-6 win in the semifinals and 3-0—3 (including the decisive goal) in the team’s 7-5 championship-clinching victory. He now has 5-4—9 in three career All-Star Game tournaments (5 GP).
THIRD STAR – MITCHELL MARNER, RW, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Marner set a single-tournament record with six assists (0-6—6) in the Atlantic Division’s two games en route to the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game championship. He collected three helpers in each contest, factoring on one of Tkachuk’s goals in the semifinals and two of Larkin’s in the final. Marner, who also was featured in Friday’s Great Clips NHL Breakaway Challenge, added one goal for the Maple Leafs (31-13-8, 70 points) in their 5-2 loss to the Boston Bruins earlier in the week (Feb. 1). The 25-year-old Marner has played in 52 total games with Toronto this season, placing among the League leaders in assists (t-6th; 41), power-play assists (t-6th; 19), power-play points (t-7th; 25) and points (14th; 60).