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by Alanah McGinley on 01/28/08 at 01:42 PM ET
Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending January 27.
Go here to check out their video highlights.
FIRST STAR—DANIEL ALFREDSSON, RW, OTTAWA SENATORS
Alfredsson set a career high, an Ottawa franchise record and took the NHL scoring lead with seven points (three goals, four assists) in the Senators’ 8-4 win at Tampa Bay Jan. 24. It was the most points in one game by an NHL player since Jan. 11, 2003, when Jaromir Jagr scored seven points (three goals, four assists) for the Washington Capitals in a 12-2 win over Florida, and the most points by one player in a road game since Feb. 26, 1997, when Eric Lindros had one goal and six assists for the Philadelphia Flyers at Ottawa. Alfredsson increased his season points total to a League-leading 67 (32 goals, 35 assists), one more than Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier (30-36—66). The Senators entered the All-Star break with the Eastern Conference’s top record, 31-15-4 for 66 points.
SECOND STAR—ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Ovechkin tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in three games as the Capitals posted a 2-1-0 record and moved within one point of the Southeast Division lead. He notched two goals and an assist in a 6-5 shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Jan. 21, scored one goal in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 23 and recorded assists on both Washington goals in a 2-1 victory over Toronto Jan. 24. Ovechkin entered the All-Star break with a seven-game point streak (7-7—14) and has 25-17—42 and a +11 rating in 29 games since Bruce Boudreau was named head coach.
THIRD STAR—PASCAL LECLAIRE, G, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Leclaire went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .968 save percentage and one shutout in two games last week, stopping 61 of 63 shots. On Jan. 22, he made 31 saves in a 4-2 win at Dallas. On Jan. 24, he made 30 saves to record his League-leading eighth shutout of the season in a 1-0 win at Chicago as the Blue Jackets wrapped up a five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 mark.
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