FIRST STAR -- Alex Kovalev, RW, Canadiens
Kovalev led all NHL scorers with nine points (two goals, seven assists) in three games as the Canadiens (41-27-10) moved closer to clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 3-0-0 record. He had a goal and assist in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on March 31, was credited with three assists in a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on April 2 and closed by the week with four points (one goal, three assists) in a 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 4. Kovalev ranks second on the Canadiens in scoring with 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 74 games.
SECOND STAR -- Nikolai Khabibulin, G, Blackhawks
Khabibulin stopped 61 of 63 shots while posting a 3-0-0 record with a 0.66 goals-against average, .968 save percentage and one shutout as the Blackhawks (43-24-11) clinched their first playoff berth since 2001-02. He began the week with 17 saves in a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on April 1, stopped 25 shots in a 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators on April 3 and recorded his second shutout of the season with 20 saves in a 1-0 overtime victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 5. Khabibulin improved his season record to 23-8-6 with a 2.39 GAA and .918 save pct. in 39 appearances.
THIRD STAR -- David Backes, C, Blues
Backes led all NHL goal-scorers with five and added an assist, helping the Blues (38-31-10) maintain their surge for a Western Conference playoff berth. He had one of the top single-game performances by an NHL player this season, with four goals, a +2 rating and game-high nine shots in a 5-4 victory at Detroit on April 2. Backes scored the game's first two goals, in the second period, and gave the Blues a 3-2 lead early in the third frame. He scored the game-winner with just over four minutes left in regulation. He concluded the week with a goal and assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on April 4. Backes ranks second on the Blues in goals with a career-high 31, one behind leader Brad Boyes.
First Star -- G Martin Brodeur, New JerseySecond Star -- RW Jarome Iginla, CalgaryThird Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta
First Star -- LW Zach Parise, New JerseySecond Star -- C Matthew Lombardi, CalgaryThird Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta
First Star -- RW Jamie Langenbrunner, New JerseySecond Star -- C Sidney Crosby, PittsburghThird Star -- D Mike Green, Washington
Jan. 5First Star -- LW Rick Nash, ColumbusSecond Star -- D Brian Rafalski, DetroitThird Star -- G Cam Ward, Carolina
First Star -- C Sidney Crosby, PittsburghSecond Star -- G Jonas Hiller, AnaheimThird Star -- G Chris Mason, St. Louis
First Star -- RW Jarome Iginla, CalgarySecond Star -- G Peter Budaj, ColoradoThird Star -- RW Marian Hossa, Detroit
First Star -- LW Thomas Vanek, BuffaloSecond Star -- G Niklas Backstrom, MinnesotaThird Star -- LW Fabian Brunnstrom, Dallas
First Star -- F Daniel Sedin, VancouverSecond Star -- LW David Booth, FloridaThird Star -- G Martin Brodeur, New Jersey
First Star -- G Cam Ward, CarolinaSecond Star -- C Henrik Sedin, VancouverThird Star -- LW Rick Nash, Columbus
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
March -- T.J. Oshie, C, St. LouisFebruary -- Pekka Rinne, G, NashvilleJanuary -- Bobby Ryan, RW, AnaheimDecember -- Steve Mason, G, ColumbusNovember -- Steve Mason, G, ColumbusOctober -- Derick Brassard, C, Columbus