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by Paul on 12/26/06 at 06:43 PM ET
NEW YORK (Dec. 26, 2006)—Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace and Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 24.
FIRST STAR—TIM THOMAS, G, BOSTON BRUINS
Thomas backstopped the Bruins to three victories, posting a 1.33 goals-against average and .959 save percentage, stopping 94 of 98 shots. He made 35 saves as Boston defeated the Ottawa Senators 7-2 on Dec. 19 and recorded 39 saves in a 2-0 victory over Vancouver Dec. 21, his first shutout of the season and second of his NHL career. Thomas turned in a stellar third-period performance against the Canucks, turning aside all 14 shots as the Bruins were outshot 14-0 in the final frame. He completed the week by making 20 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Dec. 23, improving his season record to 16-8-2 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
SECOND STAR—MANNY LEGACE, G, ST. LOUIS BLUES
Legace backstopped St. Louis to three consecutive victories, posting a 1.69 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. He stopped all nine shots in one period of work before departing with flu-like symptoms in a 4-1 victory at Pittsburgh Dec. 19, stopped 23 of 25 shots in a 5-2 victory over Los Angeles Dec. 21 and made 21 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres Dec. 23. Legace improved his season record to 8-10-3 with a 3.08 goals-against average and .892 save percentage. The Blues have earned points in each of their past five games (3-0-2) and are 3-2-2 under new head coach Andy Murray entering tonight’s game at Nashville.
THIRD STAR—VINCENT LECAVALIER, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Lecavalier recorded six points (three goals, three assists) as the Lightning went 3-0-0 for the week. He notched a goal and two assists in a 5-4 victory at Washington Dec. 19, recorded one goal and one assist in a 4-2 comeback win at Ottawa Dec. 21 and scored the game-tying goal in the third period of a 4-3 comeback triumph over the New York Rangers Dec. 23. Trailing the Rangers 3-0 entering the third period, it marked the largest third-period comeback in Lightning history. Lecavalier ranks fifth in NHL scoring with 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 36 games entering tonight’s contest at Atlanta.
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