Tomas Plekanec's fantastic start has not gone unnoticed, as the NHL has named him the first star of the opening week of the season. Plekanec led the league in goals with four through the first three games, and is tied for third in the league with five points, but that only partly encapsulates what he's done.
Plekanec absolutely shut down Alex Ovechkin in Washington, and each one of his points has been extremely important to the Canadiens' 3-0-0 start. He scored the game winner in Toronto, tied the game at 1-1 in Washington to send it into a shootout, then scored the goal to bring the Canadiens within a goal in Philadelphia, and finally set up Alex Galchenyuk's tying mark with a perfect one-timed slap pass.
Plekanec looks energized to a point we haven't really seen in his career, and while this production is not exactly expected to continue, he's scoring on 44.4% of his shots, the effect of Galchenyuk taking his game to the next level is obvious.
Here's what the NHL had to say about the turtleneck:
FIRST STAR - TOMAS PLEKANEC, C, MONTREAL CANADIENS
Plekanec tied for the League lead with four goals (4-1-5), helping the Canadiens pick up a trio of road wins to open the season with a 3-0-0 record for the first time since 2005-06. He began the season with two goals, including the game-winner with 42.9 seconds remaining in regulation, in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 8. Plekanec then scored Montreal's lone regulation goal in a 2-1 shootout win over the Washington Capitals Oct. 9. He closed the week with 1-1-2 in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 11, marking his first three-game goal streak since Oct. 25-29, 2010 (3-1-4). The 31-year-old Kladno, Czech Republic, native is playing in his 10th full NHL season and has compiled 180 264-444 over 682 regular-season games.