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Patrick Kane, Chicago

The Buffalo native should go by the name “First Star” after earning the NHL honor for the second straight month. He had a league-leading 16 assists and 23 points in December.

TV-watching fans

More than 8.2 million people in the United States and Canada watched the Winter Classic, shattering the event record of 6.6 million for the 2011 prime-time game.

Patrick Sharp, Chicago

The other Patrick on the Blackhawks has also taken a leading role, putting up 14 goals and 21 points in the last 13 games. He has two hat tricks during the hot streak.

The Sabres’ Week Ahead

Tuesday — Carolina Hurricanes: A change of scenery has done wonders for Nathan Gerbe and Andrej Sekera, who were third on the Canes in goals and points, respectively.

Thursday — Florida Panthers: George Richards of the Miami Herald is on the verge of adopting the Bills as his team after his hometown Browns infuriated him for the last time.

Next Sunday — At Washington: The brick-oven pizza and mini burgers at Matchbox, just steps from the Capitals’ arena, start a quality day in Chinatown.