NHL Three Stars of the Week
FIRST STAR -- ROBERTO LUONGO, G, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Luongo earned the NHL's First Star award for the week after posting a 2-1-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and two shutouts. He began the week by making 26 saves for his second consecutive shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 27, blanked his third consecutive opponent with a 26-save effort in a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Nov. 29 and turned aside 28 of 30 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild Dec 2. The first-period goal by the Wild's Eric Belanger snapped Luongo's franchise-record shutout streak at 210:34.
SECOND STAR -- MARTIN BRODEUR, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Brodeur posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.30 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and a milestone shutout as the Devils (14-10-2, 30 points) extended their winning streak to seven games. Brodeur made 19 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Nov. 24, stopped all 27 shots in a 4-0 shutout of the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 30 and blocked 23 of 25 shots and all three shootout attempts in a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Dec. 2. Brodeur's shutout was the 94th of his NHL career, tying 1920s-30s star George Hainsworth for second place on the all-time list. Brodeur is nine shutouts shy of Terry Sawchuk's League-record 103.
THIRD STAR -- NIKLAS BACKSTROM, G, MINNESOTA WILD
Backstrom posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.32 goals-against average and .969 save percentage as the Wild (15-9-2, 32 points) moved into first place in the Northwest Division. Backstrom made 21 saves as Minnesota defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 Nov. 28, recorded 22 stops in 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Nov. 30 and turned aside 19 of 20 shots in a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Dec. 2. Backstrom has posted a 12-4-1 record, 2.22 goals against average, .916 save percentage and two shutouts in 18 appearances this season.