Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/01/07 at 04:33 PM ET
NEW YORK (March 1, 2007)—Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for February.
FIRST STAR—HENRIK ZETTERBERG, LW, DETROIT RED WINGS
Zetterberg led all NHL scorers in February, tallying 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 11 games. He scored five game-winning goals and posted a +9 rating as the Red Wings went 8-2-2 and reached the 40-victory mark for the ninth consecutive season (40-16-8). Playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom, Zetterberg had multiple points in seven contests, highlighted by three, four-point games. He tallied one goal and three assists in a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues Feb. 2, recorded two goals and two assists in a 7-4 win over the Calgary Flames Feb. 11 and recorded three goals and one assist in a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Feb. 17. Zetterberg leads the Red Wings in points (68), goals (33) and shots (224), and leads the NHL with 10 game-winning goals.
SECOND STAR—RICK DiPIETRO, G, NEW YORK ISLANDERS
DiPietro made a career-high 12 consecutive starts and posted an 8-2-2 record, 2.19 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and one shutout as the Islanders (32-23-8, 72 points) moved up to seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. DiPietro allowed two goals or fewer in nine games, including a 27-save shutout in a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia Feb. 7. He matched a season high with 39 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory at Toronto Feb. 13 and stopped 27 of 29 shots and all three shootout attempts in a 3-2 home win over the Maple Leafs Feb. 22. Playing in his fifth NHL season, all with the Islanders, DiPietro has posted a 28-18-5 record with a 2.66 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and five shutouts in 52 games.
THIRD STAR—MARTIN BRODEUR, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Brodeur posted a 9-3-0 record with a 2.22 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and three shutouts in 12 games as the Devils (40-18-6, 86 points) moved within three points of the Eastern Conference-leading Buffalo Sabres. Brodeur allowed two goals or fewer in eight games, including a 30-save shutout against the New York Rangers Feb. 8. He made 26 saves in blanking the New York Islanders 2-0 Feb. 17 and recorded his League-leading 12th shutout of the season by making 31 saves in a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Feb. 27. Brodeur has posted a 39-17-5 record with a 2.06 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 61 games, leading NHL goaltenders in victories and shutouts and ranking second in goal-against average and save percentage.
Brodeur needs two shutouts to tie George Hainsworth (94) for second place on the all-time list and is one victory from extending his NHL record with a sixth 40-win season.
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