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Josh Harding named NHL's Third Star of the Month for November

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: December 3, 2013 - 11:07 AM

The Wild has the day off Tuesday and will be back on the ice Wednesday in preparation for back-to-back games Thursday (vs. Chicago) and Friday (at Columbus).

But the accolades keep coming for Josh Harding, who won his career-high 14th game last night. He leads the league with a 1.45 goals-against average and is second with a .939 save percentage. Today he was named the NHL's Third Star for the month of November.

FIRST STAR – PATRICK KANE, RW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

      Kane ranked second among skaters with nine goals, including four
game-winners, and 19 points, helping the Blackhawks win 12 of 15 games to
move into first place in the NHL standings (20-4-4, 44 points). He recorded
at least one point in 13 of 15 contests, including six multi-point efforts,
and posted a career-long, 12-game point streak from Nov. 3-27 (8-9—17).
Kane also scored the game-winning goal in consecutive games twice during
the month: Nov. 6-9 versus the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars, and Nov.
25-27 against the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. He capped the month
with 1-1—2, his ninth multi-point performance of the season, in a 5-2
victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Nov. 30. The 25-year-old Buffalo native
and reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner ranks third in the NHL with 16
goals, including a League-leading five game-winners, and tied for fifth
with 30 points in 28 games this season.

SECOND STAR – EVGENI MALKIN, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

      Malkin led all players with 21 assists and 25 points, including a
League-leading nine power-play assists and 10 power-play points, as the
Penguins went 9-5-1 to remain in the top spot in the Metropolitan Division
(18-9-1, 37 points). He registered at least one assist/point in 14 of 15
games, including each of Pittsburgh’s last eight contests (4-13—17). Malkin
also posted eight multi-point performances, capped by a season-high 1-3—4
effort in a 5-1 triumph over the Florida Panthers Nov. 30. According to the
Elias Sports Bureau, his 21 assists were the most by an NHL player in one
calendar month since January 1996, when Wayne Gretzky recorded 21 helpers
for the Los Angeles Kings. The 27-year-old Magnitogorsk, Russia, native
leads the League with 28 assists and ranks second with 35 points, one
behind teammate Sidney Crosby (13-23—36), in 28 games this season.

THIRD STAR – JOSH HARDING, G, MINNESOTA WILD

      Harding posted an 8-2-2 record with a 1.88 goals-against
average, .926 save percentage and one shutout in helping the Wild go 9-4-2
and move into the first Wild Card spot in the Western Conference (16-8-5,
37 points). He recorded his second shutout of the season (19 saves) in a
4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils Nov. 3 and allowed two or fewer
goals in nine of 12 appearances. Harding also went 6-1-0 in seven games at
Xcel Energy Center, where he has a 32-10-2 record in 44 career starts. The
29-year-old Regina, Sask., native has appeared in 22 games this season,
leading the NHL with a 1.45 goals-against average and three shutouts (tied)
while also placing in the top three in the League in save percentage (.939)
and wins (14).

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