Backlund named NHL Third Star of the Week

Monday, 02.3.2014 / 10:15 AM MT / News
By Jason Johnson  - (@jay__jo)
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Backlund named NHL Third Star of the Week
Zach Parise, Phil Kessel and Mikael Backlund have been named the NHL\'s \'Three Stars\' for the week ending Feb. 2.

NEW YORK, NY – Flames forward Mikael Backlund has been named the NHL's third star of the week for the period ending Feb 2.

Backlund recorded six points (4-2--6) last week, highlighted by multiple points in each of his three appearances, as the Flames (21-27-7) closed out their first 5-0-0 homestand since Feb. 7-15, 1997.

“I’m happy about it,” Backlund said. “It’s nice to get it. It’s pretty big. I’ve always wanted to get a reward like that. It’s cool, it’s a personal goal. It’s nice to see it.”

Backlund began the week by notching two goals, one shorthanded, in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Jan. 28. He tallied two assists in a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Jan. 30 and he closed the week by recording a shorthanded tally as well as the overtime winner in a 4-3 decision over the Minnesota Wild Feb. 1. The 24-year-old Vasteras, Sweden native increased his season scoring total to 13-14--27 in 54 games.

The pivot has been a pleasant surprise since mid-December, where he has put up 17 points in 27 contests. In just 54 games this season, Backlund has surpassed his single season high in goals--with 13--and points, with 27.

His previous highest point total came in the 2010-11 campaign, when the forward tallied 25 points in 73 games.