Marleau named one of NHL's Stars of the Month

Marleau named one of NHL's Stars of the Month
February 1, 2013, 2:00 pm

Marleau leads the NHL with nine goals and is second with 14 points after becoming the first player since 1917 to record four consecutive multi-goal games to begin a season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

After having one of the best starts to a season in NHL history, Sharks' Patrick Marleau has been name the 'Second Star' for January, announced by the NHL on Friday. 

Marleau leads the NHL with nine goals and is second with 14 points after becoming the first player since Ottawa's Cy Denney 1917 to record four consecutive multi-goal games to begin a season. He also became the first player in Sharks history to score in each of the first five games in a season. 

Five of his goals came on the power play and three were game-winners -- leading the NHL in both categories.

The 33-year-old has scored 844 total points in his 15-year career, all with the Sharks. 

"First Star" honors went to goalie Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators, who posted a 5-0-1 record in January and ranked first in the league with a .967 save percentage.

The Buffalo Sabres' Thomas Vanek won "Third Star" prize. He led all players with 15 points in January, propelled by two five-point games, the first to do that in his team's first seven games since Mario Lemieux in 1992. 

San Jose Sharks Media Services contributed to this article.