Hockey: Suter NHL Third Star of the Week
Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter was named one of the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 5.
Suter led all defensemen with four goals and tied for first among blue-liners with six points as the Wild (22-17-5, 49 points) won two of three games to move into fourth place in the Central Division. He scored his second goal of the season in a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues Dec. 31.
Suter followed with two assists, his third multi-assist/point game of the season, in a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Jan. 2.
He capped the week by recording his first career hat trick (on three shots on goal) in a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals Jan. 4, becoming the first defenseman in Wild history to tally three goals in a game and first blue liner on any team to do so since March 20, 2011 (P.K. Subban).
The 28-year-old Madison, Wis., native has 5 goals and 24 assists (29 points) in 44 games this season. He leads all skaters in time on ice (1,305:45) and time on ice per game (29:40).