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Barrie Named NHL Third Star of the Week

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Tyson Barrie's blistering start to January sees the blueliner named the NHL's 3rd Star for the Week.

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Alex Ovechkin (he of the 500 career goals), Peter Mrazek (a goalie in detroit, not a villian from Superman), and Tyson Barrie have been named the NHL's Three Stars of the week.  Here's the bio on Barrie:

Barrie led all defensemen and shared second in the League with 3-3-6 in four games to lift the Avalanche (21-19-3, 45 points) to six of a possible eight points. He began the week with a career high four points (2-2-4), including the game-winning goal, in a 4-1 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings Jan. 4. In doing so, Barrie became the first Avalanche defenseman to record four points in one game since Nov. 11, 2003 at SJS (Derek Morris: 1-3-4). He then collected one assist in a 4-3 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues Jan. 6 and registered the game-winning goal in a 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators Jan. 8 before being held off the scoresheet in a 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Jan. 10. The 24-year-old Victoria, B.C., native ranks sixth among defensemen with 7-22-29 in 39 games this season.

Despite a sluggish start to his season, Barrie has arguably been the Avs best player since the calendar turned to 2016. With Erik Johnson out with injury, Barrie's role on the team has only grown.