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Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron earns NHL’s first star honours for January

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Boston centre Patrice Bergeron captured NHL first star honours for January after leading the league in scoring.

Bergeron recorded 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 14 games to help the Bruins (28-15-7) hit the all-star break first in the Northeast Division.

Bergeron had a streak of four consecutive games with multiple points, beginning with a pair of goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal on Jan. 8. He had two assists in the Bruins’ 4-2 comeback victory at Pittsburgh two days later. He recorded his first hat trick in a 6-0 win over Ottawa on Jan. 11, and had a goal and assist in a 7-5 win over Philadelphia on Jan. 13.

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Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Keith Yandle was named the second star after recording 17 points (three goals and 14 assists) in 14 games.

The Coyotes (25-17-9) went 8-4-2 in January, climbing to sixth place in the Western Conference.

Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne was the third star, tying for first in the NHL in wins (eight), ranking first in goals-against average (1.71) and second in save percentage (.947).

Rinne started 11 of the Predators’ 13 games in January. He allowed just a single goal five times.