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Jarry is NHL’s #2 Star for the Week, Ovechkin Wins Top Star

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Tristan Jarry stopped 91 of 93 shots which is a .978 save percentage and .67 goals against average, but he was not the NHL’s No. 1 star of the week. The top billing went to arch-rival Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was the third star.

Jarry is the NHL’s second star of the week. He was spectacular as he backstopped the Penguins to a 3-0 record with one shutout. Overall, he has three shutouts in his last five games. The Penguins crawled out of the bottom tier of the Eastern Conference and into a wild-card position.

On Nov. 22, Jarry stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, then stopped a season-high 36 shots in a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks before blanking the New York Islanders 1-0 on Nov. 26.

Tristan Jarry is among the NHL leaders in most statistical categories, including shutouts (t-2nd; 3), wins (t-6th; 10), goals-against average (7th; 1.91), and save percentage (7th; .936).

However, the voters deemed Alex Ovechkin’s week just a little better.

Ovechkin had seven points, including four goals in three games. He posted his 16th career three-assist game, and first since Feb. 15, 2018, at MIN (1-3—4), in a 6-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 24. He then scored his 28th career hat trick (t-6th in league history) and 117th career game-winning goal (4th in NHL history) in a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers Nov. 26. Ovechkin closed the week with another goal in a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 28, extending his point streak to five games dating to Nov. 20 (7-4—11).

That goal total, through the first 22 games of a season, is the highest by any player in NHL history at age 36 or older, while Ovechkin’s 37 points only have been surpassed by Mario Lemieux (37 years; 56 days; 11‑35—46 through 22 GP in 2002-03 w/ PIT).

Lemieux finalized an agreement to sell the Penguins to the Fenway Group on Monday, too.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was the third star. Makar had seven points (4-3-7) in four games.

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