Skinner receives NHL honor again

calexander@newsobserver.comJanuary 6, 2014 

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Hurricane Jeff Skinner celebrates after he scoring to give Carolina a 2-1 lead over the Nashville Predators late in the third period at PNC Arena in Raleigh.

CHRIS SEWARD — cseward@newsobserver.com

Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes has been named the NHL's First Star for the week that ended Jan. 5, the league announced Monday.

Skinner, 21, scored six goals and had three assists in four games as the Canes picked up victories against the Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, New York Islanders and Nashville Predators.

Skinner had two goals and an assist as the Hurricanes came from three goals down in the third period to beat the Canadiens on New Year’s Eve. He followed with his second hat trick of the season, including the game-winning goal in overtime at Washington on Thursday. After earning the primary assist on Brett Sutter’s game-winner against the Islanders Saturday, Skinner had his third multi-point effort with the game-winning goal and an assist against Nashville on Sunday night.

Skinner leads Carolina and ranks tied for ninth in the NHL in goals (20) and game-winning goals (4) this season despite missing 11 games due to injury.

He also was the NHL's First Star for the week that ended Dec. 8.

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