Savard, Henrik Sedin, Khabibulin are Three Stars
Savard led all NHL scorers with eight points (two goals, six assists) as the Bruins (14-3-4, 32 points) won four consecutive games, moved into first place overall in the Eastern Conference, and increased their Northeast Division lead to seven points. The Bruins have earned points in 13 of their past 14 games (12-1-1) since Oct. 25, outscoring their opponents 49-26 in that span.
For the week, Savard recorded two assists in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 17, scored a goal and had three assists in a 7-4 win over the Buffalo Sabres on on Nov. 19, and tallied a goal and assist in a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Nov. 21. Savard ranks second in the NHL in assists (19), third in points (27) and third in plus-minus (+13). The 31-year-old Ottawa native has 225 assists since the start of the 2005-06 season; the only NHL player with more is San Jose's Joe Thornton (272).
Sedin's seven points for the week all came on assists as the Canucks (13-6-2, 28 points) went 3-0-1 on their four-game road trip and extended their Northwest Division lead to five points. Sedin recorded assists in a 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Islanders on Nov. 17 and a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Nov. 19, tacked on a pair in a 3-2 victory at Minnesota on Nov. 20 and finished the week with three more in a 3-1 win at Pittsburgh on Nov. 22. Sedin increased his season points total to a club-leading 21 (three goals, 18 assists), two more than teammate twin brother Daniel (9-10-19).
Khabibulin went 3-0-0 with a 2.90 goals-against average and .918 save percentage as the Blackhawks (10-4-5, 25 points) began a six-game road trip with three consecutive victories. He stopped 36 shots and both shootout attempts in a 3-2 victory at Phoenix on Nov. 18, made 31 saves in a 6-3 victory at Dallas on Nov. 20 and finished the week with 34 stops in a 5-4 overtime victory at Toronto on Nov. 22. Khabibulin improved his season record to 7-1-4 with a 2.51 GAA and .920 save percentage. He has not suffered a regulation loss in his past 11 appearances while going 7-0-4 since Oct. 15.
October -- C Derick Brassard, Columbus