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by Paul on 02/25/13 at 01:02 PM ET
NEW YORK (Feb. 25, 2013) – Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Ottawa Senators goaltender Ben Bishop have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 24.
FIRST STAR – JAKUB VORACEK, RW, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Voracek led all skaters in points (4-7—11) and assists as the Flyers won three of four games. He opened the week with the first four-point game of his career (0-4—4) in a 7-0 win over the New York Islanders Feb. 18 and recorded his first career hat trick, including the game-winner with 1:31 remaining in regulation, in a 6-5 victory at Pittsburgh Feb. 20. Voracek scored his seventh goal of the season in a 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers Feb. 21 and capped the week with three assists in a 5-3 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets Feb. 23. The Kladno, Czech Republic, native has points in five straight games (4-8—12) and leads the Flyers in goals (seven), assists (15) and points (22) this season. Now in his fifth NHL campaign, the 23-year-old Voracek has 64-141—205 in 339 career games.
SECOND STAR – STEVEN STAMKOS, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Stamkos scored once in each of his four outings and totaled 4-4—8. He netted one goal in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Feb. 19 and posted 1-1—2 against both the Boston Bruins Feb. 21 and Carolina Hurricanes Feb. 23. The Markham, Ont., native then recorded one goal and two assists in a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Feb. 24. Stamkos has scored goals in five straight games and has 6-6—12 during a six-game point streak. In 18 contests this season, he leads the League in both goals (13) and points (29). The 23-year-old Stamkos also has scored the most goals in the NHL since the start of the 2009-10 season (169), 41 more than the next-closest player (Alex Ovechkin, 128).
THIRD STAR – BEN BISHOP, G, OTTAWA SENATORS
Bishop went 3-0-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .931 save percentage as the Senators won all four of their games. He posted 30 saves and denied all three shooters in a 2-1 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils Feb. 18. Bishop then relieved an injured Craig Anderson and made 11 stops, plus another six in the shootout, to pick up a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers Feb. 21. He closed the week with 26 saves in a 3-2 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs Feb. 23. The Denver, Colo., native has played in 28 career NHL games, posting a 10-10-3 record with a 2.63 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and one shutout.
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