The first week of the 2013-14 NHL season is in the books, and to no one's surprise, the Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin was named one of the league's "Three Stars" for the week ending on October 6.
Joining the Capitals winger were Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller (second star) and Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc Andre-Fleury (third star), as announced by NHL.com.
Through the first three games of the year, Ovechkin led the league in goals scored (four), points (six), power-play goals (three), power-play points (five) and shots on goal (24). Ovechkin is picking up on his pace from last season, when he scored 32 goals in the lockout-shortened year to earn his third career Maurice Richard Trophy as the NFL's leading goal scorer.
According to Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com, many wondered if Ovechkin would be sluggish to start the season after he lit the 2014 Sochi Olympic torch in Greece just two days before the Caps' season opener.
It looks like Ovechkin didn't have any rust. Per Gormley, he said:
I felt good. When I flew there I didn’t change my [sleeping] time. I napped 30 minutes on the way back. My teammates and my linemates are giving me a chance to score goals. Everybody knows I love to shoot the puck.
Eller, meanwhile, was a busy man for the Canadiens this week, recording points on five of the team's seven goals in their first two contests. He scored three goals and added two assists for Montreal, who lost to the Maple Leafs 4-3 and defeated the Flyers 4-1.
Andre-Fleury was recognized for his solid week in between the pipes, as he allowed just one goal in two contests while also recording a .979 save percentage and a 27-save shutout in the 3-0 season-opening win against New Jersey.
It's been a great start to the 2013-14 campaign for these players, and it's only going to get better as the season rolls along.