Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash have been named the NHL's Three Stars for the week ending on Sunday, March 8.

FIRST STAR -- Eric Staal, C, Hurricanes

Staal led the NHL in scoring for the week with nine points (five goals, four assists) as the Hurricanes (35-27-5) won three consecutive games and closed within one point of a playoff spot in the tight Eastern Conference race. He scored once in a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on March 3, had two assists in a 6-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Mar. 6 and capped the week by tying single-game franchise records for goals (four) and points (six) in a 9-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 7. Staal leads the Hurricanes in goals (32), points (58), power-play goals (11), game-winning goals (eight) and shots (305).

SECOND STAR -- Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Penguins

Fleury stopped 92 of 97 shots while posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.63 goals-against average and .948 save percentage as the Penguins (35-26-6) moved into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. He began the week with 32 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 3, turned aside 30 of 31 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on March 5 and made 29 stops in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals on March 8. Fleury has posted a 27-16-4 record, 2.78 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and three shutouts in 49 appearances this season.

THIRD STAR -- Rick Nash, LW, Blue Jackets

Nash had six points (four goals, two assists) and a +4 rating in leading the Blue Jackets (33-27-6) to a pair of victories in three starts. He had two assists, including one on the game-winning goal in the third period, in a 5-4 win over Los Angeles on March 3 and two nights later scored a goal in a 4-2 loss at Nashville. On March 7, he scored three goals and had a +3 rating in an 8-2 victory at Detroit. It was his fourth career hat trick and second against the Red Wings this season. All three goals were unassisted, making him the first player to record an 'unassisted hat trick' since Maurice Richard of the Montreal Canadiens on March 14, 1948. Nash leads Columbus in goals (31), assists (33), points (64), shorthanded goals (four), game-winning goals (five) and shots (207).

March 2

First Star -- G Martin Brodeur, New Jersey

Second Star -- RW Jarome Iginla, Calgary

Third Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta

Feb. 23

First Star -- C Mike Richards, Philadelphia

Second Star -- G Tomas Vokoun, Florida

Third Star -- G Cristobal Huet, Chicago

Feb. 16

First Star -- LW Zach Parise, New Jersey

Second Star -- C Matthew Lombardi, Calgary

Third Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta

Feb. 9

First Star -- G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles

Second Star -- RW Marian Hossa, Detroit

Third Star -- D Mike Green, Washington

Feb. 2

First Star -- RW Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey

Second Star -- C Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

Third Star -- D Mike Green, Washington

Jan. 26

First Star -- LW Dustin Brown, Los Angeles

Second Star -- G Cam Ward, Carolina

Third Star -- RW Ales Hemsky, Edmonton

Jan. 19

First Star -- C Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit

Second Star -- LW Mike Cammalleri, Calgary

Third Star -- C Rich Peverley, Atlanta

Jan. 12

First Star -- LW Wojtek Wolski, Colorado

Second Star -- RW Bobby Ryan, Anaheim

Third Star -- C Gregory Campbell, Florida

Jan. 5

First Star -- LW Rick Nash, Columbus

Second Star -- D Brian Rafalski, Detroit

Third Star -- G Cam Ward, Carolina

Dec. 29

First Star -- LW Alex Ovechkin, Washington

Second Star -- C Bryan Little, Atlanta

Third Star -- G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles

Dec. 22

First Star -- LW Loui Eriksson, Dallas

Second Star -- C Jeff Carter, Philadelphia

Third Star -- LW Patrik Elias, New Jersey

Dec. 15

First Star -- RW Phil Kessel, Boston

Second Star -- RW Petr Sykora, Pittsburgh

Third Star -- LW Thomas Vanek, Buffalo

Dec. 8

First Star -- G Pekka Rinne, Nashville

Second Star -- C Jonathan Toews, Chicago

Third Star -- C Jason Spezza, Ottawa

Dec. 1

First Star -- C Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

Second Star -- G Jonas Hiller, Anaheim

Third Star -- G Chris Mason, St. Louis

Nov. 24

First Star -- C Marc Savard, Boston

Second Star -- C Henrik Sedin, Vancouver

Third Star -- G Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago

Nov. 17

First Star -- C Nicklas Backstrom, Washington

Second Star -- LW Alex Ovechkin, Washington

Third Star -- G Dan Ellis, Nashville

Nov. 10

First Star -- G Roberto Luongo, Vancouver

Second Star -- G Steve Mason, Columbus

Third Star -- G Brent Johnson, Washington

Nov. 3

First Star -- C Ryan Getzlaf, RW Corey Perry and RW Teemu Selanne, Anaheim

Second Star -- G Tim Thomas, Boston

Third Star -- LW Simon Gagne, Philadelphia

Oct. 27

First Star -- RW Jarome Iginla, Calgary

Second Star -- G Peter Budaj, Colorado

Third Star -- RW Marian Hossa, Detroit

Oct. 20

First Star -- LW Thomas Vanek, Buffalo

Second Star -- G Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota

Third Star -- LW Fabian Brunnstrom, Dallas

Oct. 13

First Star -- F Daniel Sedin, Vancouver

Second Star -- LW David Booth, Florida

Third Star -- G Martin Brodeur, New Jersey

February

First Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta

Second Star -- D Mike Green, Washington

Third Star -- G Chris Mason, St. Louis

January

First Star -- RW Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey

Second Star -- D Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim

Third Star -- G Ryan Miller, Buffalo

December

First Star -- G Manny Fernandez and Tim Thomas, Boston

Second Star -- C Jeff Carter, Philadelphia

Third Star -- LW Alex Ovechkin, Washington

November

First Star -- LW Alex Ovechkin, Washington

Second Star -- C Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh

Third Star -- G Joey MacDonald, N.Y. Islanders

October

First Star -- LW Alexander Semin, Washington

Second Star -- G Henrik Lundqvist, N.Y. Rangers

Third Star -- D Shea Weber, Nashville

February -- G Pekka Rinne, Nashville

January -- RW Bobby Ryan, Anaheim

December -- G Steve Mason, Columbus

November -- G Steve Mason, Columbus

October -- C Derick Brassard, Columbus

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