Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos is NHL's first star of the week
The NHL announced Monday that Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos was the league's first star of the week ending Sunday. Stamkos is the third Lightning player to ever be named first star since the three-star system was introduced for the 2006-07 season. The others were Marty St. Louis on Nov. 26, 2006; and Vinny Lecavalier, twice, on Nov. 12, 2007, and Nov. 19, 2007.
Here is the announcement:
FIRST STAR – STEVEN STAMKOS, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Stamkos led all NHL scorers last week with nine points (three goals, six assists) in four games, beginning with one goal and one assist in a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Feb. 9. He recorded three assists in a 5-4 loss to the Boston Bruins Feb. 11, tallied one goal and one assist in a 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders Feb. 13 and finished the week with another one-goal, one-assist effort in a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers Feb. 14. Stamkos, who turned 20 a week ago Sunday, is tied for fourth place in the NHL goal-scoring race with 35 and seventh overall in points (70). He has tallied points in 13 consecutive games, tied with Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin for the longest active streak in the League entering the Olympic break.
SECOND STAR – MICHAEL LEIGHTON, G, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Leighton posted a 4-0-0 record with a 1.98 goals-against average and .925 save percentage, helping the Flyers (32-25-3) record home-and-home sweeps over the New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens. Leighton recorded 28 saves in a 3-2 victory over New Jersey Feb. 8 and stopped 21 shots as the Flyers defeated the Devils by the same 3-2 margin Feb. 10. He closed the week by making 23 stops in a 3-2 win over the Canadiens Feb. 12 and 26 saves in a 6-2 win at Montreal Feb. 13. Leighton has posted a 12-3-1 record with a 2.19 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 18 appearances with Philadelphia since being acquired from Carolina on Dec. 17.
THIRD STAR – MARTY TURCO, G, DALLAS STARS
Turco helped the Stars (28-21-12) move within one point of a playoff berth in the Western Conference by posting a 2-0-1 record with a 1.30 goals-against average, .965 save percentage and one shutout. He made 37 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss at Chicago Feb. 9, stopped 33 shots in a 3-1 victory at Calgary Feb. 11 and finished the week by notching his 40th career shutout, a 40-save performance in a 3-0 victory at Phoenix Feb. 13. Turco improved to 19-15-9 with a 2.63 goals-against average, .915 save percentage and four shutouts in 43 appearances this season.