Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad was named the NHL's First Star of the Week, for the week ending on March 8, by the league on Monday.
Zibanejad highlighted the league's play with seven goals in three games. On Thursday, Zibanejad netted five of those goals in a 6-5 overtime win versus the Washington Capitals, one of which was the game-winning goal.
Zibanejad was the first player since the Detroit Red Wings' Sergei Fedorov in 1996 to net five goals, one of which being the game-winning goal. Zibanejad and Fedorov are the only two players in league history to pull of that feat.
Zibanejad also scored a goal on March 3 against the St. Louis Blues in a loss and added another in a loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
The 26-year-old is now up to 39 goals this season, a career-high, and good for fifth-most in the league currently. In his past 20 games, Zibanejad has 21 goals to help put the Rangers within three points of a playoff position. In total, his 72 points is the 12th most in the NHL. Zibanejad trails teammate Artemi Panarin's 92 points (32 goals, 61 assists) for the team-lead.
Along with Zibanejad, the NHL also named Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog (3 goals, 6 assists last week) and Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (4-4) among their three stars. Those two were named second star and third star, respectively.
The Rangers, with 76 points, have 13 games remaining this season and next suit up against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.