JANUARY 22, 2024 — Montréal center Marie-Philip Poulin, New York center Jade Downie-Landry, and Boston center Alina Müller have been named the Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) ‘3 Stars of the Week’ for the week ending January 21.
FIRST STAR – MARIE-PHILIP POULIN, C, MONTRÉAL
For the second week in a row, Poulin receives the first star, propelled by three goals in two games played, including dramatic game-winning and game-tying goals. The 32-year-old star also registered 10 shots, won 57.8% of her face-offs and had a plus-two rating. Poulin started her week on January 16 against New York— Montréal’s first game at Place Bell—by leading her team to a 3-2 victory, scoring the game-winning-goal with just over six minutes to go in the third period. The win secured three points in the standings for Montréal. Poulin’s strong play continued January 20 against Toronto, scoring two goals, registering seven shots, and winning a sparkling 74.1% of her face-offs. After a second-period breakaway goal, ‘Captain Clutch’ continued to live up to her nickname when, with 18 seconds remaining in regulation time, she scored the game-tying goal on a dazzling individual effort. The forward then shot four times in the PWHL’s first-ever shootout, scoring once. Poulin’s stellar week helped Montréal secure four of a possible six points in the standings, where the team currently sits in second place. She now leads the PWHL in goals scored with six, and is second in points with seven.
SECOND STAR – JADE DOWNIE-LANDRY, C, NEW YORK
Downie-Landry’s two-game week included a total of three goals, five shots on goal, a plus-two rating, and a 66% success rate on face-offs. The 29-year-old had a breakout performance on January 20 against Boston, where she scored her first three goals of the season and recorded New York’s first-ever hat trick. The trio of goals was scored with three shots on net, a perfect shooting percentage for the forward. Downie-Landry’s performance helped New York secure a 4-1 victory and three points in the standings, where they sit in third place with eight points. With three goals, two assists and five points, Downie-Landry is in a five-way tie for fourth place in in goals scored and in a seven-way tie for seventh in points with five.
THIRD STAR – ALINA MÜLLER, C, BOSTON
Müller had four assists in two games played to go with seven shots on a goal and a plus-three rating. The first-year pro made her mark ON January 17 in Toronto, by being involved in all three goals for her team. Müller’s trio of primary assists included a play that set up the game-winning-goal with less than two minutes left in regulation to lift Boston to a 3-2 victory— the team’s first-ever regulation win. She also had four shots on goal in the game and was plus-three. Müller followed her three-assist-performance with yet another primary helper on January 20 in a 4-1 loss in New York. Notably, Müller provided the primary assist on every goal scored by Boston in their two games. The 25-year-old’s four-assist-week brings her season total to five and puts her in a six-way tie for the PWHL lead. She also sits second in points-per-game with 1.25 and seventh in points with five, tied with seven players.