NHL Stars of the Week - Sports Illustrated

NHL Stars of the Week

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St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace, Calgary Flames left wing Kristian Huselius and Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Ty Conklin have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending January 6.

FIRST STAR -- Manny Legace, G, St. Louis BluesLegace posted two shutouts in three appearances, helping the Blues (20-14-5, 45 points) move within two points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the tight Western Conference standings. He made 31 saves in recording his second shutout of the season, a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 31. He made three saves in the first period before leaving the game due to illness in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 2 and closed the week by recording the 21st shutout of his NHL career, making 27 saves in a 1-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 5. Legace has posted a 15-10-2 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and three shutouts in 29 games this season.

SECOND STAR -- Kristian Huselius, LW, Calgary Flames

Huselius led all NHL scorers with nine points (four goals, five assists) and recorded points in each game as the Flames (22-14-7, 51 points) went 4-0-0 and took the Northwest Division lead. He began the week with the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Dec. 31 and notched his second consecutive game-winner and three assists in a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Jan. 2. He recorded one assist in a 3-2 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 3 and finished the week with three points (two goals, one assist) in a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 5. Huselius ranks second on the Flames in scoring and 13th in the NHL with 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 43 games.

THIRD STAR -- Ty Conklin, G, Pittsburgh Penguins

Conklin posted a 3-0-0 record, 0.97 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and one shutout as the Penguins (23-16-2, 48 points) won all three games. Conklin began the week by stopping 36 of 37 shots and two of three shootout attempts as the Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic, played outdoors at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo on Jan. 1. He made 33 saves in a 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 3 and stopped all 35 shots for his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Jan. 5. Conklin has posted a record of 7-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and two shutouts in eight appearances for Pittsburgh this season.

Dec. 31First Star -- Alexander Ovechkin, LW, WashingtonSecond Star -- Jaromir Jagr, RW, N.Y. RangersThird Star -- Evgeni Nabokov, G, San Jose

Dec. 24First Star -- Marian Gaborik, RW, MinnesotaSecond Star -- Kari Lehtonen, G, AtlantaThird Star -- Jason Arnott, C, Nashville

Dec. 17First Star -- Jarome Iginla, RW, CalgarySecond Star -- Sergei Zubov, D, DallasThird Star -- Joffrey Lupul, RW, Philadelphia

Dec. 10First Star -- Milan Hejduk, RW, ColoradoSecond Star -- Dominik Hasek, G, DetroitThird Star -- Anze Kopitar, C, Los Angeles

Dec. 3First Star -- Roberto Luongo, G, VancouverSecond Star -- Martin Brodeur, G, New JerseyThird Star -- Niklas Backstrom, G, Minnesota

Nov. 26First Star -- Daniel Briere, C, PhiladelphiaSecond Star -- Ilya Bryzgalov, G, PhoenixThird Star -- Mike Smith, G, Dallas

Nov. 19First Star -- Vincent Lecavalier, C, Tampa BaySecond Star -- Evgeni Nabokov, G, San JoseThird Star -- Martin Erat, RW, Nashville

Nov. 12First Star -- Vincent Lecavalier, C, Tampa BaySecond Star -- Steven Reinprecht, F, PhoenixThird Star -- Jeremy Roenick, C, San Jose

Nov. 5First Star -- Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, AtlantaSecond Star -- Henrik Lundqvist, G, N.Y. RangersThird Star -- Marian Gaborik, RW, Minnesota

Oct. 29First Star -- Jason LaBarbera, G, Los AngelesSecond Star -- Rod Brind'Amour, C, CarolinaThird Star -- Alex Ovechkin, F, Washington

Oct. 22First Star -- Martin Biron, G, PhiladelphiaSecond Star -- Jarome Iginla, RW, CalgaryThird Star -- Jason Williams, F, Chicago

Oct. 15First Star -- Cam Ward, G, CarolinaSecond Star -- Bryan Campbell, D, BuffaloThird Star -- Henrik Zetterberg, F, Detroit

Oct. 8First Star -- Paul Stastny, C, ColoradoSecond Star -- Mike Comrie, C, N.Y. IslandersThird Star -- Chris Mason, G, Nashville

DecemberFirst Star -- Jason Spezza, C, OttawaSecond Star -- Pavel Datsyuk, C, DetroitThird Star -- Evgeni Nabokov, G, San Jose

NovemberFirst Star -- Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, AtlantaSecond Star -- Roberto Luongo, G, VancouverThird Star -- Vincent Lecavalier, C, Tampa Bay

OctoberFirst Star -- Henrik Zetterberg, F, DetroitSecond Star -- Pascal Leclaire, G, ColumbusThird Star -- Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary

December -- Nicklas Backstrom, C, WashingtonNovember -- Tobias Enstrom, D, AtlantaOctober -- Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago