Carey Price named first star of the week in the NHL
NEW YORK – Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen and Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Feb. 9.
FIRST STAR – CAREY PRICE, G, MONTREAL CANADIENS
Price led all goaltenders with three wins in three starts, posting a 1.00 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and one shutout to help the Canadiens (32-21-6, 70 points) move into third place in the Atlantic Division. He began the week by stopping all 27 shots he faced in recording his fourth shutout of the season and the 23rd of his NHL career in a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames Feb. 4. Price then made 42 saves, his second-highest total of the season, in a 5-2 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks Feb. 6 and 31 saves in a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Feb. 8. The 26-year-old native of Anahim Lake, B.C., who will represent Canada in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, is 26-17-5 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 48 appearances this season.
SECOND STAR – KARI LEHTONEN, G, DALLAS STARS
Lehtonen posted a 2-0-1 record with a 1.32 goals-against average and .947 save percentage to help the Stars (27-21-10, 64 points) climb into the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. He made 27 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Feb. 4. Lehtonen then recorded 19 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks Feb. 5. He capped the week by making 26 saves in a 2-1 win over Phoenix Feb. 8, improving to 9-3-4 with a 2.11 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 17 career appearances versus the Coyotes. The 30-year-old native of Helsinki, who will represent Finland in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, is 22-15-10 with a 2.48 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and three shutouts in 48 appearances this season.
THIRD STAR – JAROME IGINLA, RW, BOSTON BRUINS
Iginla registered 2-3—5 and a +5 rating to power the Bruins (37-16-4, 78 points) to five out of a possible six points, stretching their lead in the Atlantic Division to seven points. He posted 1-1—2, including his third game-winning goal of the season, in a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Feb. 4. After collecting an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues Feb. 6, Iginla recorded 1-1—2, his 10th multi-point game of the season, in a 7-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators Feb. 8. The 36-year-old native of Edmonton has tallied 17-26—43 in 57 contests this season, including 4-10—14 and five multi-point performances over his past eight outings.