Monday, February 27, 2012
Kari Lehtonen is NHL's Third Star of the Week
By Mark Stepneski
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was named the NHL's Third Star of the week after winning all three of his starts and stopping 83 of 86 shots for a .965 save percentage.
Here's the release from the NHL:
Ottawa Senators defensemen Erik Karlsson, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Teddy Purcell and Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 26.
FIRST STAR – ERIK KARLSSON, D, OTTAWA SENATORS
Karlsson led all skaters with eight assists and 12 points and had a +5 rating as the Senators won three of four games to maintain their hold on seventh place in the Eastern Conference. He scored two goals, including the winner, and collected two assists in a 6-0 victory at the New York Islanders Feb. 20, registered one goal and two assists in both a 5-2 win against the Washington Capitals Feb. 22 and 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins Feb. 25 and recorded two assists in a 5-2 victory against the New York Islanders Feb. 26. Karlsson has 14-51—65 in 63 games, an Ottawa single-season franchise record for points by a defenseman. He leads all NHL blueliners in assists and points and is tied for the League lead in goals among defensemen. The 21-year-old has 6-11—17 during a seven-game point streak dating to Feb. 11.
SECOND STAR – TEDDY PURCELL, RW, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Purcell ranked second with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and led all skaters with five power-play points (one goal, four assists) as the Lightning earned four out of a possible eight points to remain within six points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. He scored the winning goal and added two assists in a 3-2 victory against the Anaheim Ducks Feb. 21, recorded a goal and two assists in 4-3 loss at the Winnipeg Jets Feb. 23, scored Tampa Bay’s lone goal in an 8-1 defeat against the Pittsburgh Penguins Feb. 25 and collected three assists in a 4-3 win at the New Jersey Devils Feb. 26. Purcell has 4-9—13 during a six-game point streak dating to Feb. 16 and 17-29—46 in 61 total games, putting him on pace to establish career highs in each category.
THIRD STAR – KARI LEHTONEN, G, DALLAS STARS
Lehtonen started three out of four games as the Stars recorded four consecutive victories to claim the eighth seed in the Western Conference. He made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win at the Montreal Canadiens Feb. 21, recorded 28 saves in a 4-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild Feb. 24 and stopped 24 shots in a 3-2 overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks Feb. 26. The Helsinki, Finland native has a 24-15-3 record in 43 appearances with a 2.32 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.