March 16, 2009

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, Calgary Flames center Olli Jokinen and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL's Three Stars for the week ending Mar. 15.

FIRST STAR -- Martin Brodeur, G, Devils

Brodeur tied Patrick Roy as the NHL's all-time victories leader and helped the Devils continue their charge up the Eastern Conference standings by posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. He began the week by making 35 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on March 10, stopped 26 shots in a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on March 12 and turned aside 22 shots in a 3-1 decision over the Montreal Canadiens on March 14 for his 551st career victory, matching Roy's record total (551). A winner in seven of eight starts since returning from a torn bicep tendon that required surgery, Brodeur has backstopped the Devils (45-20-3) to within six points of the first-place Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference standings. His first chance to pass Roy is Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks at Prudential Center in New Jersey.

SECOND STAR -- Olli Jokinen, C, Flames

Jokinen continued his hot play for the Flames since being acquired at the trade deadline, leading the league in scoring with eight points (six goals, two assists) on the final leg of Calgary's season-long, seven-game road trip. He began the week with a goal in a 3-2 loss to the Devils on March 10, scored twice in a 6-5 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings on March 12 and had a season-high five points (three goals, two assists) in an 8-6 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Mar. 14. Jokinen has 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in six games with his new club.

THIRD STAR -- Sidney Crosby, C, Penguins

Crosby had eight points (two goals, six assists) last week, helping the Penguins earn points in four consecutive games (2-0-2) and improve to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. He scored a goal and assisted on another in a 4-3 shootout win over the Florida Panthers on March 10, recorded two assists in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 12, scored a goal in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on March 14 and was credited with three assists in a 6-4 victory over the Boston Bruins on March 15. Crosby has recorded points in all six games since returning from injury and in jod past 10 games has climbed to second place in the NHL scoring race with 90 points (27 goals, 63 assists) in 66 games. The Penguins are 10-1-3 under new head coach Dan Bylsma.

March 9

First Star -- C Eric Staal, CarolinaSecond Star -- G Marc-Andre Fleury, PittsburghThird Star -- LW Rick Nash, Columbus

March 2

First Star -- G Martin Brodeur, New JerseySecond Star -- RW Jarome Iginla, CalgaryThird Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta

Feb. 23

First Star -- C Mike Richards, PhiladelphiaSecond Star -- G Tomas Vokoun, FloridaThird Star -- G Cristobal Huet, Chicago

Feb. 16

First Star -- LW Zach Parise, New JerseySecond Star -- C Matthew Lombardi, CalgaryThird Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta

Feb. 9

First Star -- G Jonathan Quick, Los AngelesSecond Star -- RW Marian Hossa, DetroitThird Star -- D Mike Green, Washington

Feb. 2

First Star -- RW Jamie Langenbrunner, New JerseySecond Star -- C Sidney Crosby, PittsburghThird Star -- D Mike Green, Washington

Jan. 26

First Star -- LW Dustin Brown, Los AngelesSecond Star -- G Cam Ward, CarolinaThird Star -- RW Ales Hemsky, Edmonton

Jan. 19

First Star -- C Pavel Datsyuk, DetroitSecond Star -- LW Mike Cammalleri, CalgaryThird Star -- C Rich Peverley, Atlanta

Jan. 12

First Star -- LW Wojtek Wolski, ColoradoSecond Star -- RW Bobby Ryan, AnaheimThird Star -- C Gregory Campbell, Florida

Jan. 5

First Star -- LW Rick Nash, ColumbusSecond Star -- D Brian Rafalski, DetroitThird Star -- G Cam Ward, Carolina

Dec. 29

First Star -- LW Alex Ovechkin, WashingtonSecond Star -- C Bryan Little, AtlantaThird Star -- G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles

Dec. 22First Star -- LW Loui Eriksson, DallasSecond Star -- C Jeff Carter, PhiladelphiaThird Star -- LW Patrik Elias, New Jersey

Dec. 15

First Star -- RW Phil Kessel, BostonSecond Star -- RW Petr Sykora, PittsburghThird Star -- LW Thomas Vanek, Buffalo

Dec. 8

First Star -- G Pekka Rinne, NashvilleSecond Star -- C Jonathan Toews, ChicagoThird Star -- C Jason Spezza, Ottawa

Dec. 1

First Star -- C Sidney Crosby, PittsburghSecond Star -- G Jonas Hiller, AnaheimThird Star -- G Chris Mason, St. Louis

Nov. 24

First Star -- C Marc Savard, BostonSecond Star -- C Henrik Sedin, VancouverThird Star -- G Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago

Nov. 17

First Star -- C Nicklas Backstrom, WashingtonSecond Star -- LW Alex Ovechkin, WashingtonThird Star -- G Dan Ellis, Nashville

Nov. 10

First Star -- G Roberto Luongo, VancouverSecond Star -- G Steve Mason, ColumbusThird Star -- G Brent Johnson, Washington

Nov. 3

First Star -- C Ryan Getzlaf, RW Corey Perry and RW Teemu Selanne, AnaheimSecond Star -- G Tim Thomas, BostonThird Star -- LW Simon Gagne, Philadelphia

Oct. 27

First Star -- RW Jarome Iginla, CalgarySecond Star -- G Peter Budaj, ColoradoThird Star -- RW Marian Hossa, Detroit

Oct. 20

First Star -- LW Thomas Vanek, BuffaloSecond Star -- G Niklas Backstrom, MinnesotaThird Star -- LW Fabian Brunnstrom, Dallas

Oct. 13

First Star -- F Daniel Sedin, VancouverSecond Star -- LW David Booth, FloridaThird Star -- G Martin Brodeur, New Jersey


First Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, AtlantaSecond Star -- D Mike Green, WashingtonThird Star -- G Chris Mason, St. Louis


First Star -- RW Jamie Langenbrunner, New JerseySecond Star -- D Scott Niedermayer, AnaheimThird Star -- G Ryan Miller, Buffalo


First Star -- G Manny Fernandez and Tim Thomas, BostonSecond Star -- C Jeff Carter, PhiladelphiaThird Star -- LW Alex Ovechkin, Washington


First Star -- LW Alex Ovechkin, WashingtonSecond Star -- C Evgeni Malkin, PittsburghThird Star -- G Joey MacDonald, N.Y. Islanders


First Star -- LW Alexander Semin, WashingtonSecond Star -- G Henrik Lundqvist, N.Y. RangersThird Star -- D Shea Weber, Nashville

February -- G Pekka Rinne, NashvilleJanuary -- RW Bobby Ryan, AnaheimDecember -- G Steve Mason, ColumbusNovember -- G Steve Mason, ColumbusOctober -- C Derick Brassard, Columbus

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