November 24, 2008

Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin have been named the NHL's Three Stars for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 23.

FIRST STAR -- Marc Savard, C, Boston Bruins

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).

SECOND STAR -- Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver Canucks

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).

THIRD STAR -- Nikolai Khabibulin, G, Chicago Blackhawks

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.

Nov. 17

First Star -- Nicklas Backstrom, C, WashingtonSecond Star -- Alex Ovechkin, LW, WashingtonThird Star -- Dan Ellis, G, 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. 13First Star -- F Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Second Star -- LW David Booth, Florida Third Star -- G Martin Brodeur, New Jersey


First Star -- LW Alexander Semin, Washington Second Star -- G Henrik Lundqvist, N.Y. Rangers Third Star -- D Shea Weber, Nashville

October -- C Derick Brassard, Columbus

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