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Malkin, Pacioretty, Dubnyk named 'Three Stars'

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week.

Malkin led all players with seven assists and eight points as the Penguins won three of four games. He posted a pair of assists in each of his first two games of the week: a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 18 and a 4-0 triumph over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. Malkin then snapped a 15-game goal drought with a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on Friday. He closed the week by collecting two assists, his fourth consecutive multi-point game, in a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

Pacioretty had a league-high five goals, including two game winners, in three games (all victories). He opened the week by recording a hat trick, his second career three-goal game and first since Feb. 9, 2012, in a 6-2 triumph over the Minnesota Wild last Tuesday. After going scoreless in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Friday, Pacioretty twice found the back of the net, including the game-winning goal, in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Dubnyk went 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average, .974 save percentage and one shutout in helping the team extend its season-long winning streak to three games. He made 14 saves for his first shutout of the season and the seventh of his career in a 7-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets last Tuesday. Dubnyk then posted 24 stops in a 4-1 triumph over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
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