Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, Kings goaltender Martin Jones and Predators goaltender Carter Hutton have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 15.
FIRST STAR – ALEX OVECHKIN, CAPITALS
Ovechkin led the NHL with five goals and tied for third with six points as the Capitals earned five out of a possible six points to maintain second place in the Metropolitan Division. He began the week by recording his third career four-goal game (and 13th career hat trick), including the tying marker with 32.4 seconds remaining in regulation, in a 6-5 win over the Lightning Dec. 10.
Ovechkin leads the NHL with 27 goals in 31 games this season and is tied for fifth with 37 points.
SECOND STAR – MARTIN JONES, KINGS
Jones posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and one shutout to help the Kings move into second place in the Pacific Division and third in the League standings. He made 31 saves for his second consecutive shutout in a 6-0 victory over the Canadiens Dec. 10.
THIRD STAR – CARTER HUTTON, PREDATORS
Hutton compiled a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals-against average and .960 save percentage to lead the Predators to their second three-game winning streak of the season. He allowed one goal in both a 4-1 win over the Rangers Dec. 10 (28 saves) and a 3-1 victory over the Stars Dec. 12 (33 saves).