The Jets All-Star defenceman continued his strong play this past week and was named NHL first star of the week.
Byfuglien paced all defensemen with three goals and shared third among all skaters with six points (3-3-6) in four games to power the Jets (25-14-8, 58 points) to four straight wins. He opened the week with 2-1-3, including the game-winning goal, in an 8-2 victory over the Florida Panthers Jan. 13. It marked Byfuglien’s first multi-goal and three-point performances since March 16, 2014 (2-1-3 vs. DAL). After being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 triumph over the Dallas Stars Jan. 15, Byfuglien collected two assists – his sixth multi-point game of the season – in a 4-2 win over theChicago Blackhawks Jan. 16. He closed the week with his 12th goal of the season, tied for first among defensemen, in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes Jan. 18. The 29-year-old Roseau, Minn., native ranks seventh among blueliners with 12-19-31 in 47 appearances this season, including 4-7-11 in his past nine outings.