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NHL: Wild's Staal third star of week

NEW YORK—Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 18.

Panarin was the No. 1 star, Lundqvist the second and Staal No. 3.

Staal shared the league lead with four goals (4-1--5) in three outings as the Wild (18-8-4, 40 points) extended their win streak to seven games, their longest run since March 14-27, 2013 (also 7-0-0).

He scored once in a 5-1 triumph over the Florida Panthers Dec. 13, added two goals (including the game-winner) in a 5-2 victory against the Nashville Predators Dec. 15 and registered 1-1--2 in a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes Dec. 17.

The 32-year-old Thunder Bay, Ont., native, who signed with the Wild during the offseason, paces Minnesota in goals (10), assists (14) and points (24) in 30 appearances this season.

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