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by Alanah McGinley on 03/17/08 at 02:29 PM ET
NEW YORK—Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Petr Sykora and Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending March 16.
FIRST STAR—JAROME IGINLA, RW, CALGARY FLAMES
Iginla led all NHL scorers with eight points (five goals, three assists) in four games as the Flames (37-25-10, 84 points) ended the week even in points with the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche atop the Northwest Division. He notched one goal and two assists in a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues Mar. 10, becoming the Flames’ franchise leader in career goals with 365. He recorded one goal and one assist in a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals Mar. 12, tallied a pair of goals in a 6-4 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers Mar. 13 and closed the week with one goal in a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Mar. 16. Iginla ranks third in the NHL points race with 87 (45 goals, 42 assists) in 72 games and also ranks third among goal-scorers, trailing Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (57) and Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk (49).
SECOND STAR—PETR SYKORA, RW, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Sykora recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in two games, including the game-winning goal in each contest, as the Penguins (41-24-7, 89 points) finished the week one point behind the New Jersey Devils for first place in the tight Atlantic Division race. He notched the game-winner and added one assist in a 7-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Mar. 12 and posted a season-high four points (two goals, two assists) in 7-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Mar. 16, reaching the 25-goal mark for the ninth consecutive season. Sykora is fourth on the Penguins in scoring with 58 points (25 goals, 33 assists) in 72 games.
THIRD STAR—TOMAS VOKOUN, G, FLORIDA PANTHERS
Vokoun posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .946 save percentage as the Panthers (35-31-8, 78 points) extended their winning streak to seven games, tying a franchise record, and moved within two points of an Eastern Conference playoff berth. He stopped 27 of 29 shots in a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders Mar. 12, made 32 saves in a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers Mar. 14 and closed the week with a 29-save effort in a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Mar. 16. Vokoun has posted a record of 29-26-7 with a 2.74 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and four shutouts in 63 appearances this season. He leads all NHL goaltenders in shots faced (2,031) and saves (1,862)
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