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Monday, February 14, 2011

Grabner named NHL First Star of the Week

To the surprise of no one, certainly in Islander country, Michael Grabner is
the NHL's First Star of the Week. Drew Stafford was second and Ilya Bryzgalov
was third.

It's the 2nd time in three weeks that Grabner was honored with one of the 3
Stars Awards. He was the 3rd Star two weeks ago.

Grabner scored eight goals and added one assist as the Isles went 3-1-0 this
week. He also was +7.

A couple of other Grabner notes:

I noted yesterday that he had recorded three straight mutli-goal games, becoming
the first Isle since Mariusz Czerkawski (and the only rookie in Islander
history) to do so. Elias noted this morning that the three multi's ties the
club record, shared by 6 others: including Bossy and, Lafontaine (2x). The
three that Elias didn't name were Palffy, Turgeon, and Ray Ferraro.

Grabner's rookie streak ties Bobby Ryan's 5 game streak of 2 seasons ago.
Evgeny Malkin was the last rookie to have a 6-game streak. (10/18-11/1/06)

Elias also noted that Grabner is the first NHL player with three consecutive
multi-goal games since Sidney Crosby in 2009 (Nov. 28-Dec. 3). I have not been
able to track down a 4-game streak yet.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home
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