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KOVALCHUK, LUONGO AND LECAVALIER NAMED NHL THREE STARS OF THE MONTH

Monday, 12.03.2007 / 2:35 PM / News
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KOVALCHUK, LUONGO AND LECAVALIER NAMED NHL THREE STARS OF THE MONTH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / DECEMBER 3, 2007

     KOVALCHUK, LUONGO AND LECAVALIER NAMED NHL THREE STARS OF THE MONTH

 

       NEW YORK (December 3, 2007) -- Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya  Kovalchuk, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo and Tampa Bay  Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier have been named the NHL's 'Three  Stars' for November.

 
 FIRST STAR -- ILYA KOVALCHUK, LW, ATLANTA THRASHERS

        Kovalchuk scored a League-leading 14 goals and added eight assists  as the Thrashers posted a 7-5-0 record. He tallied goals in nine of 12  games, beginning the month with consecutive hat tricks against Ottawa Nov.

 1 and Tampa Bay Nov. 3. He later tallied the overtime game-winner against  Florida Nov. 13, registered a goal and an assist for his ninth multi-point  game of the season Nov. 19 against Tampa Bay and posted his second  four-point game of the campaign (two goals, two assists) in a 5-1 victory  at Washington Nov. 21. Kovalchuk leads all NHL goal-scorers with 22 and  ranks second to Lecavalier in overall scoring with 37 points (22-15--37).

 

 SECOND STAR -- ROBERTO LUONGO, G, VANCOUVER CANUCKS

        Luongo posted an 8-2-2 record with a 1.56 goals-against average,  .940 save percentage and four shutouts as the Canucks (14-10-2, 30 points)  climbed to second place in the Northwest Division. Luongo allowed two  goals or fewer in eight of 12 contests, concluding the month with three  consecutive shutouts and a franchise-record shutout streak that ended  Sunday at 210:34. The streak surpassed Luongo's prior best (182:37, Feb.

 21-27, 2004 with Florida) and the Canucks' record of 184:20 set by Ken  Lockett (Mar. 29 to Apr. 4, 1975).

  THIRD STAR -- VINCENT LECAVALIER, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

       Lecavalier led all NHL scorers in November with 25 points (nine  goals, 16 assists) in 14 games. He recorded points in 10 of 14 games and  set a franchise record with an eight-game multiple-point scoring streak  from Nov. 3-19. The last NHL player to record as long a streak was  Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr in 1996 (10 games). Lecavalier leads the NHL  scoring race with 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists), four ahead of  Kovalchuk and five more than Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (14-22--36) and  Calgary's Jarome Iginla (14-22--36).

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