The National Hockey League recognized Rasmus Dahlin’s record-setting start to the 2022-23 season by naming him the First Star of the Week for the week ending October 23.
Dahlin is currently on a five-game goal streak, which is the longest goal streak to start a season by a defenseman in NHL history.
The 22-year-old is first in the league among defensemen with his five goals (fifth overall) and eight points (10th overall). He’s ranked 12th in the NHL with 24:26 of ice time per game.
Dahlin is the third player in franchise history to open a season on a five-game goal streak, joining Gilbert Perreault (1979-80) and Thomas Vanek (2008-09). He’s also just the third Sabre in the past 23 years to record a five-game goal streak. Vanek (2008-09) and Jason Pominville (2006-07) are the others.
The last Sabre to win the First Star of the Week honor was goaltender Dustin Tokarski back in May 2021, when he earned his first NHL win since 2015.
The Sabres are 4-1-0 to start the season and will try to sweep their four-game road trip on Tuesday night when they face the Seattle Kraken at 10 p.m.