Bergeron named top NHL player for January

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron skates across the ice after scoring his third goal of the...

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron skates across the ice after scoring his third goal of the game against the Ottawa Senators in the third period of their NHL hockey game in Boston, Massachusetts January 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

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NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has been named as the NHL's First Star for the month of January.

Bergeron led all forwards with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists), which he tallied in 14 games. He also had a plus-13 rating to help Boston go 8-4-2 and climb to the top of the Northeast Division. He recorded multiple points in four consecutive games from January 8-13, including a three-goal performance -- his first career hat trick -- on January 11 against Ottawa.

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle earned Second Star honors after matching Bergeron's 17 points (three goals, 14 assists). He was plus-nine in helping the Coyotes to an 8-4-2 record during the month, and tallied at least one point in 11 of those games. The All-Star currently leads all NHL defensemen in scoring with 44 points.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is the Third Star. He started 11 of the Predators' 13 games and went 8-3-0 with an NHL-best 1.71 goals-against average. He was second in the league with a .947 save percentage, and turned in consecutive 40-save performances in road victories against Anaheim and San Jose.


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