Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie and Wild center Mikko Koivu have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 20.
FIRST STAR – SEMYON VARLAMOV, G, AVALANCHE
Varlamov went 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .981 save percentage and one shutout to help the Avalanche (17-16-1, 35 points) extend their winning streak to five games, their longest such run since March 25 – April 5, 2014 (6-0-0).
SECOND STAR – T.J. OSHIE, RW, CAPITALS
Oshie paced the NHL with five goals and shared the League lead with eight points as the Capitals (24-6-2, 50 points) won all four of their games to move into first place in the overall standings.
THIRD STAR – MIKKO KOIVU, C, WILD
Koivu tied for first in the NHL with 3-5—8 in three games to lift the Wild (17-8-6, 40 points) to a pair of wins.