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Phil Kessel named NHL's first star for October

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel celebrates his game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

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Goaltenders Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars and Nikolai Khabibulin of the Edmonton Oilers as well as forward Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs were named the NHL's Three Stars for the month of October on Tuesday.

Kessel was selected the first star for being the NHL's scoring leader. He had 10 goals and eight assists in 11 games as the Maple Leafs (7-3-1) topped the Northeast Division.

He had five multiple-point performances and three game-winning goals in October.

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Lehtonen was the second star for helping Dallas (8-3-0) move atop the Pacific Division. Lehtonen won eight-of-nine starts with a 1.75 goals-against average and .947 save percentage.

Khabibulin was named the third star after winning five games and not posting a regulation loss in seven starts. He had a league-best 1.12 GAA and .960 save percentage to lead Edmonton (7-2-2) into first place in the Northwest Division.

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