Steven Stamkos Named NHL's Second Star of the Week
FIRST STAR – TIM THOMAS, G, BOSTON BRUINS
Thomas posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout as the Bruins (27-14-7) regained first place in a tight Northeast Division race. Thomas stopped 106 of 110 shots last week, beginning with a 31-save performance in a 7-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Jan. 17 for his League-leading seventh shutout of the season. Thomas completed a home-and-home sweep over the Hurricanes by recording 43 saves in a 3-2 win at Carolina Jan. 18 and stopped 32 shots in a 6-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche Jan. 22. The 36-year-old Flint, Michigan native improved his season record to 23-4-6 with a 1.83 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in 34 appearances. He will be making his third consecutive NHL All-Star Game appearance this Sunday in Raleigh.
SECOND STAR – STEVEN STAMKOS, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Stamkos tallied a League-leading five goals last week, helping the Lightning (30-15-5) post four consecutive victories and stay atop the Southeast Division. Stamkos recorded points in all four games, starting with two goals in a 3-2 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 18. He recorded his second consecutive two-goal game in a 3-2 shootout win over the Atlanta Thrashers Jan. 20, notched one assist in a 2-1 shootout win over the Florida Panthers Jan. 21 and finished the week by scoring one goal in a 7-1 win over Atlanta on Jan. 23. Stamkos has an active six-game point streak and leads the NHL in goals (38), power-play goals (15) and points (67). He will be making his first career NHL All-Star game appearance this Sunday in Raleigh.
THIRD STAR – MARTIN BRODEUR, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Brodeur posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.34 goals-against average and .949 save percentage, backstopping the Devils (16-29-3) to a season-high four-game winning streak and a 6-0-1 mark in their past seven games. Brodeur stopped 27 shots in a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders Jan. 17 and made 23 saves in recording his 114th career shutout in a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Jan. 20. He finished the week with a 24-save performance in a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers Jan. 23. The 38-year-old Montreal native improved his season record to 10-18-2 with a 2.84 goals-against average, .894 save percentage and four shutouts in 34 appearances.