Rookie Tomas Hertl nets four goals in third NHL game
Rookie Tomas Hertl is tied for second in the league in scoring with three others with eight points. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
Hertl scored five goals in three games last week, and the rookie leads the NHL with seven. He’s tied for second in the league in scoring with three others with eight points, and is tied for third in the league with a +7 rating.
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His performance against the New York Rangers on Oct. 8, capped by a fancy between-the-legs goal over the shoulder of Martin Biron, made him the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to score four times in one game. Hertl also scored on Saturday against Ottawa in the Sharks’ 3-2 win.
The 19-year-old former first round draft pick was hurt in that game against the Senators, leaving late in the second period after a hit from Clarke MacArthur. He did not return for the third period and missed practice on Sunday, but head coach Todd McLellan said he expects Hertl to play on Tuesday in St. Louis.
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Colorado goaltenders J.S. Giguere and Semyon Varlamov shared second star honors, while league’s leading scorer Sidney Crosby was named third star.