LECAVALIER NAMED NHL THREE STARS OF THE WEEK
Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League's top performances over the preceding week.
FIRST STAR -- MARTIN BRODEUR, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Brodeur backstopped the Devils to three victories, posting a 0.65 goals-against average and .970 save percentage. He made 19 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens Dec. 6 and stopped 28 shots in a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Dec. 8. Brodeur recorded his 84th career shutout, tying Glenn Hall for third place on the League's all-time list, and his 462nd career victory, moving past Florida's Ed Belfour and into second place all-time. Brodeur closed the week by turning aside 19 of 20 shots in a 5-1 victory at Boston Dec. 9.
SECOND STAR -- VINCENT LECAVALIER, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Lecavalier tied for the League lead in goals and points with 4-3--7 in three games. He notched points in each contest, beginning with one goal in a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Dec. 5. He set a single-game career high with five points (three goals, two assists) in an 8-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Dec. 7 and posted one assist in a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Dec. 9. Lecavalier ranks second on the Lightning in scoring and seventh in the NHL with 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 30 games.
THIRD STAR -- ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Ovechkin tied for the League scoring lead with seven points (one goal, six assists) as the Capitals won two of three games. He opened the week with three assists in a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators Dec. 6, tallied an assist on the lone Washington goal in a 6-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Dec. 8 and recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in a 5-3 victory at Philadelphia Dec. 9. Ovechkin leads the Capitals and is 13th in NHL scoring with 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) entering tonight's game against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., ET, Versus, RDS, NHL Network).