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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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NEW YORK – Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel was named one of the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week that ended Sunday -- along with Montreal Canadiens left wing John Scott and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson.

Eichel, the league's "Third Star," registered a pair of goals and a pair of assists in two contests last week to lead the Sabres (20-26-4, 44 points) to a split of their pair of games. He collected two assists in a 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers Jan. 25. Eichel then scored twice, including the tying and winning goals, in a 3-2 comeback victory over the Ottawa Senators Jan. 26.

The 19-year-old North Chelmsford, Mass., native ranks second among rookies in goals (16) and points (34) in 50 games this season. That includes three multi-goal performances, eight multi-point efforts and three game-winning goals.

Montreal Canadien -- and former Buffalo Sabre -- John Scott was honored with the "First Star" following his MVP honors and captaincy the Pacific Division victory at 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game, the first midseason showcase played under the 3-on-3 format.

Scott scored twice on three shots on goal and registered a +2 rating in the team’s 9-6 win over the Central Division in the semifinals of the tournament. Scott then recorded two shots on goal in a 1-0 triumph over the Atlantic Division in the final, helping the Pacific Division capture the $1 million winner-take-all prize.

“You can’t put it into words, you can’t write this stuff,” said Scott, whose path to the All-Star Game was unconventional, to say the least. “It was a whirlwind and it went by so fast, but I loved it. It was probably the coolest thing I have done in hockey.”

The league's "Second Star" was Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson, who paced the NHL with four goals and shared the League lead with five points in two games to power the Blue Jackets (19-27-5, 43 points) to a sweep of their home-and-home series against the Montreal Canadiens. He recorded his third career hat trick in a 5-2 victory Jan. 25 to become the third player in franchise history to post a trio of hat tricks (also Rick Nash: 5, Tyler Wright: 3). Atkinson followed that effort with 1-1—2 in another 5-2 win Jan. 26.

The 26-year-old Riverside, Conn., native ranks third on the Blue Jackets with 17-15—32 in 50 games this season. His 17 goals are five shy of his career high of 22 established in 78 contests in 2014-15.



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