BUFFALO – A dynamic five-point outing, the Sabres’ first by a defenseman since 1989, has earned Rasmus Dahlin NHL Third Star honors for the week ending Sunday.
Dahlin, 22, performed dominantly in Saturday’s thrilling 6-5 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild, recording two goals and three assists. His second goal tied the game late regulation before he assisted on winger Victor Olofsson’s game-winning score.
A Sabres defenseman hadn’t recorded a five-game game since Phil Housley on Dec. 12, 1989. The Swede became the youngest NHL defenseman to have a five-point game since Dion Phaneuf on Dec. 13, 2007.
Overall last week, Dahlin compiled two goals and six points in two games as the Sabres enjoyed two come-from-behind overtime victories.
He has registered 12 goals and 44 points in 36 games this season entering tonight’s home contest against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak (seven goals and eight points in four games) and New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes (five goals and seven goals in three contests were named the first and second stars, respectively.