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Ovechkin, Jagr, Nabokov Named
Capitals' left wing Alexander Ovechkin, who scored four goals in Saturday's 8-6 victory over the Senators, was named the NHL's "First Star of the Week" on Monday. Also honored were Rangers' right wing Jaromir Jagr and Sharks' goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
Sharks' Nabokov Gets NHL-Best 20th Win
Evgeni Nabokov and the San Jose Sharks just keep winning. Nabokov made 26 saves for his fifth shutout and league-leading 20th win of the season, and the Sharks extended their club-record road winning streak to eight games with a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. "We stuck with the plan, and we killed some big penalties," he said. "The key in a game like that is stay tight, stay patient and hope something good would happen." The Sharks also set a team record by earning a point in their 11th straight road game (10-0-1). San Jose, which got a goal from Milan Michalek late in the third period, has outscored its opponents 32-16 over the stretch. Nabokov now has 39 career shutouts, fourth among active goaltenders.
Spezza Reaches Milestone In Senators' Win
The Ottawa Senators' stars are more focused on the win column than the score sheet. Jason Spezza scored a power-play goal for his 300th NHL point, and Dany Heatley had two assists to reach 50 points this season, leading Ottawa to a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night. Spezza collected a souvenir for his father after he earned his milestone point in his 277th regular-season game with his 13th goal of the season during the Senators' five-on-three advantage 1:01 into the second. "I made sure I got the puck for him," Spezza said. "It's obviously something that's important, but it's not that important. It's just one of those things you want to get out of the way." Daniel Alfredsson scored his 22nd goal, and Martin Gerber made 24 saves, extending his and the Senators' winning streak to three.
Pens' Crosby Named Canadian Athlete Of The Year
Penguins center Sidney Crosby was selected The Canadian Press male athlete of the year Wednesday, beating out the Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash and the Colorado Rockies' Jeff Francis. Winning the Lionel Conacher Award capped a season that included a Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP, the Pearson Award as the league's outstanding player according to his peers and the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion. "I'm definitely proud to be Canadian and I realize that there's a lot of great Canadian athletes, so to be considered athlete of the year is quite an honor," Crosby said.
Five-Goal Man Gaborik Named "First Star Of The Week"
Marian Gaborik is the NHL's first star and why not after the Wild winger delivered the first five-goal performance in a game in more than a decade. Goalie Kari Lehtonen of the Thrashers was the second star of the week while centre Jason Arnott of the Predators was the third star.
Devils' Brodeur Takes Second Place In Career Shutouts
Patrik Elias gave Martin Brodeur all the support he needed to beat the Flames -- and leave George Hainesworth behind. Brodeur broke a tie with Hainesworth for second place on the NHL's career shutout list by making 30 saves in the Devils' 1-0 overtime victory over the Flames on Sunday night. Brodeur has three shutouts this season to push his career total to 95. Terry Sawchuk tops the list with 103.
Luongo Selected 'Goalie Of The Year' By Goalies' World Magazine
Roberto Luongo rarely has a bad game, and his consistently high level of play has earned him the title of 2007 Goalie of the Year from Goalies' World magazine. The Canucks' star edged Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers. The two other finalists were Sean-Sebastien Giguere of the Ducks and Martin Brodeur of the Devils. Performances from Jan. 1 through Dec. 3 were weighed by the magazine's staff. "Roberto Luongo has been the most consistent goalie throughout the calendar year," states the magazine.
Flyers To Induct Hextall Into Team's HOF
One of the most popular goaltenders in franchise history for his style of play, Ron Hextall will be recognized by the Flyers for his talent. Hextall, who spent 11 seasons with the Flyers, will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame prior to its game against the Capitals on February 6, the club announced Tuesday.
Hejduk, Lundqvist, Stastny Named Three Stars
Colorado R Milan Hejduk, New York Rangers' G Henrik Lundqvist and Colorado C Paul Stastny were named the NHL's Three Stars for their tremendous play last week.
Thrashers' Enstrom Named NHL 'Rookie Of The Month'
Thrashers' defenceman Tobias Enstrom was named NHL Rookie of the Month Tuesday. He led all rookie blue-liners in scoring with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 12 games. Enstrom had a career-high three assists in a 5-1 victory at Washington on Nov. 21. He also played an average of 25 minutes per game. Chicago forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were also considered for the award, along with Phoenix centre Peter Mueller.
Canucks' Luongo Named NHL's "First Star Of The Week"
Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo extended his franchise record shutout streak to more that 210 minutes last week.