Patrick Kane named NHL's first star of the month

Patrick Kane named NHL's first star of the month
December 3, 2013, 11:15 am
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Nina Falcone

Patrick Kane's having one heck of a season, and now the reigning Conn Smythe winner has been named the NHL's First Star of month.

Kane posted 19 points in 15 games throughout November, ranking second among the league with nine goals — including four game-winners — to help lead the Blackhawks to first place in the NHL standings.

He tallied at least one point in 13 of those 15 games as he recorded a career-high 12-game point streak from Nov. 3-27 and ended the month by recording his ninth multi-point game on Nov. 30 in the Blackhawks' 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Kane is currently tied for fifth in the league with 30 points in 28 games.

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Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and Wild goaltender Josh Harding finished in second and third, respectively.

Malkin led the league with 21 assists and 25 points throughout the month, including a league-high nine power play assists. He tallied at least one point in 14 of the Penguins' 15 games.

Minnesota goaltender Josh Harding took third after posting an 8-2-2 record and .926 save percentage and one shutout. He allowed two or fewer goals in nine of 12 games.

Harding has played in 22 games this season and leads NHL goaltenders with a 1.45 goals-against average and three shutouts.