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Jake Guentzel named NHL’s 3rd Star of the Week

The Penguins winger was scoring hot as the dickens this past week.

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

After a week of play from Penguins’ left winger Jake Guentzel, the red-hot forward is being honored with one of the NHL’s “Star of the Week” awards.



Guentzel shared the League lead with five goals in three games (5-1—6) to lift the Penguins (25-14-6, 56 points) to a pair of wins as well as their 10th victory in their past 12 contests dating to Dec. 19 (10-2-0). He picked up one assist in a 5-1 triumph over the Florida Panthers Jan. 8. Guentzel then posted his second career hat trick (and second of the season) in a 7-4 victory against the Anaheim Ducks Jan. 11. He finished the week with both of Pittsburgh’s goals in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings Jan. 12. The 24-year-old Omaha, Neb., native tops the Penguins with 23 goals in 45 outings this season (23-21—44), aided by 7-3—10 during an active six-game point streak.

Given his production so far this season, it looks to be quite the good thing that the Penguins locked him up for his contract extension when they did.