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by Paul on 03/18/13 at 12:02 PM ET
NEW YORK (March 18, 2013) – St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart, Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 17.
FIRST STAR – CHRIS STEWART, RW, ST. LOUIS BLUES
Stewart led the NHL with seven points and tied for the League lead with five goals, including two game-winners, in three contests. He opened the week with two scores, his first multi-goal performance since Jan. 19, in a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks March 12. Stewart then totaled three points (2-1—3), including his first game-winner of the season, in a 3-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes March 14. He capped the week with the overtime winner and an assist in a 2-1 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks March 16. Stewart has 7-7—14 in his last seven outings and leads the Blues with 14 goals and 28 points in 28 games this season.
SECOND STAR – KYLE TURRIS, C, OTTAWA SENATORS
Turris recorded points in each of his four games, tying for second in the League in points (six) and third in goals (four). He scored one goal in regulation, plus Ottawa’s lone marker in the shootout, in a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins March 11 and collected one assist in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens March 13. Turris then helped the Senators pick up a pair of weekend wins, posting three points (2-1—3) and the overtime winner in a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres March 16 and netting his eighth goal of the season in a 4-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets March 17. In 29 games this season, he leads Ottawa in both goals and points (19).
THIRD STAR – SERGEI BOBROVSKY, G, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Bobrovsky led the League with a 0.62 goals-against average and .983 save percentage in three starts as Columbus stretched its points streak to a franchise-record 10 games (6-0-4). He began the week with a pair of 2-1 shootout losses, making 37 saves against the Vancouver Canucks March 12 and tying a season high with 39 stops versus the Chicago Blackhawks March 14.
Bobrovsky equaled that number two nights later, this time leading his team to a 1-0 shootout victory over the Phoenix Coyotes March 16. In his last eight games, the Novokuznetsk, Russia, native has a 6-0-2 record with a 0.74 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and two shutouts, the first two of his career.
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