Dec 27, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal (18) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against he Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

James Neal Named the NHL's 'Third Star' of the Week


Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward James Neal was reportedly named the NHL’s ‘Third Star’ of the week – according to the team’s website.

This is Neal’s first NHL award of the season, and he’s the fourth Pens’ player to do so (Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin.)

This past week, Neal led all players in scoring with eight points (4G, 4A), and he finished second in goals behind Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Patrick Kane (6). His five points (3G, 2A) in Sunday’s victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets was the most he’s racked up in an NHL game ever.

On the season, Neal has compiled 30 points (14G, 16A) through just 21 contests, and is averaging a tremendous 1.43 points-per-game.

Blackhawks’ forward Patrick Sharp was honored as the ‘First Star’ and Buffalo Sabres’ goaltender Ryan Miller earned the ‘Second Star’ for the week as well – according to


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