March 30, 2009

St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason, Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin and Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward have been named the NHL's Three Stars for the week that ended March 29.

FIRST STAR -- Chris Mason, G, Blues

Mason went 4-0-0 with a 1.72 goals-against average and.930 save percentage as the Blues (37-30-9) climbed to eighth place in the Western Conference after starting the week in 11th. He recorded his fifth shutout of the season with 22 saves in a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on March 24, made 21 stops in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on March 26 and closed the week by backstopping to the Blues to consecutive victories over the Columbus Blue Jackets in a key home-and-home series. He stopped 24 shots and three of four shootout attempts in a 4-3 victory at St. Louis on March 28 and made 26 saves in a 5-2 triumph at Columbus on March 29.

Mason, who has started the Blues' past 27 games, has a 20-7-5 record in his past 32 outings with four shutouts, a .926 save percentage and 2.03 GAA. He is currently on a five-game win streak.

SECOND STAR -- Daniel Sedin, LW, Canucks

Sedin had eight points (four goals, four assists) in four games as the Canucks (41-25-9) closed within one point of the Calgary Flames for the Northwest Division lead. He began the week with a goal and assist in a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars on March 24, had an assist in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on March 26, scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on March 27 and potted two goals, including the game-winner, while being credited with an assist in a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on March 29. Sedin leads the Canucks in points (76), goals (30) and game-winning goals (seven).

THIRD STAR -- Cam Ward, G, Hurricanes

Ward earned NHL Three Stars recognition for the second consecutive week, having been named First Star for the week ending Marcj 22. He had a 3-0-0 record with a 1.32 GAA and .957 save percentage as the Hurricanes (42-28-7) climbed to fifth place in the Eastern Conference. He made 37 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on March 23, blocked 21 shots in a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on March 25 and stopped 31 of 32 shots in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on March 28. Ward has started each of the Hurricanes' past 24 games, the longest such streak of his NHL career. He has a 16-6-2 record and two shutouts in that span.

March 23First Star -- G Cam Ward, CarolinaSecond Star -- C Evgeni Malkin, PittsburghThird Star -- RW Shane Doan, Phoenix

March 16First Star -- G Martin Brodeur, New JerseySecond Star -- C Olli Jokinen, CalgaryThird Star -- C Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh

March 9First Star -- C Eric Staal, CarolinaSecond Star -- G Marc-Andre Fleury, PittsburghThird Star -- LW Rick Nash, Columbus

March 2First Star -- G Martin Brodeur, New JerseySecond Star -- RW Jarome Iginla, CalgaryThird Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta

Feb. 23First Star -- C Mike Richards, PhiladelphiaSecond Star -- G Tomas Vokoun, FloridaThird Star -- G Cristobal Huet, Chicago

Feb. 16First Star -- LW Zach Parise, New JerseySecond Star -- C Matthew Lombardi, CalgaryThird Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta

Feb. 9First Star -- G Jonathan Quick, Los AngelesSecond Star -- RW Marian Hossa, DetroitThird Star -- D Mike Green, Washington

Feb. 2First 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. 19First Star -- C Pavel Datsyuk, DetroitSecond Star -- LW Mike Cammalleri, CalgaryThird Star -- C Rich Peverley, Atlanta

Jan. 12First Star -- LW Wojtek Wolski, ColoradoSecond Star -- RW Bobby Ryan, AnaheimThird Star -- C Gregory Campbell, Florida

Jan. 5First Star -- LW Rick Nash, ColumbusSecond Star -- D Brian Rafalski, DetroitThird Star -- G Cam Ward, Carolina

Dec. 29First 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. 15First Star -- RW Phil Kessel, BostonSecond Star -- RW Petr Sykora, PittsburghThird Star -- LW Thomas Vanek, Buffalo

Dec. 8First Star -- G Pekka Rinne, NashvilleSecond Star -- C Jonathan Toews, ChicagoThird Star -- C Jason Spezza, Ottawa

Dec. 1First Star -- C Sidney Crosby, PittsburghSecond Star -- G Jonas Hiller, AnaheimThird Star -- G Chris Mason, St. Louis

Nov. 24First Star -- C Marc Savard, BostonSecond Star -- C Henrik Sedin, VancouverThird Star -- G Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago

Nov. 17First Star -- C Nicklas Backstrom, WashingtonSecond Star -- LW Alex Ovechkin, WashingtonThird Star -- G Dan Ellis, Nashville

Nov. 10First Star -- G Roberto Luongo, VancouverSecond Star -- G Steve Mason, ColumbusThird Star -- G Brent Johnson, Washington

Nov. 3First Star -- C Ryan Getzlaf, RW Corey Perry and RW Teemu Selanne, AnaheimSecond Star -- G Tim Thomas, BostonThird Star -- LW Simon Gagne, Philadelphia

Oct. 27First Star -- RW Jarome Iginla, CalgarySecond Star -- G Peter Budaj, ColoradoThird Star -- RW Marian Hossa, Detroit

Oct. 20First Star -- LW Thomas Vanek, BuffaloSecond Star -- G Niklas Backstrom, MinnesotaThird Star -- LW Fabian Brunnstrom, Dallas

Oct. 13First Star -- F Daniel Sedin, VancouverSecond Star -- LW David Booth, FloridaThird Star -- G Martin Brodeur, New Jersey

February

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

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

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

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

OctoberFirst 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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