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by Paul on 12/29/08 at 02:20 PM ET
NEW YORK (Dec. 29, 2008)—Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Atlanta Thrashers center Bryan Little and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 28.
FIRST STAR—ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Ovechkin tallied six points (five goals, one assist) as the Capitals (23-11-3) went 3-0-0 and extended their Southeast Division lead to 10 points. He tallied three points (two goals, one assist) as Washington overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat the New York Rangers 5-4 in overtime at Madison Square Garden Dec. 23, scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Dec. 26 and recorded a pair of goals, including the game-winner, as the Capitals improved to 15-1-1 at home by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 Dec. 28. Ovechkin has posted 44 points (23 goals, 21 assists) in his past 28 games, including a League-leading 12 goals in 13 December contests. He ranks second in League scoring with 49 points (25 goals, 24 assists) in 35 games.
SECOND STAR—BRYAN LITTLE, C, ATLANTA THRASHERS
Little tallied a League-leading six goals for the week, beginning with a pair in a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders Dec. 23. He tallied his first NHL hat trick in a 5-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Dec. 26 and concluded the week by recording Atlanta’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins Dec. 28. The Thrashers’ first pick (12th overall) in the 2006 Entry Draft, Little leads the Thrashers with 18 goals and ranks fourth on the club in points (18-12—30), easily surpassing the offensive totals from his rookie season in 2007-08 (6-10—16 in 48 games).
THIRD STAR—JONATHAN QUICK, G, LOS ANGELES KINGS
Quick posted a 2-1-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .958 save percentage and two shutouts in three games. He recorded his first NHL shutout by blocking 24 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Dec. 23, stopped 24 of 26 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes Dec. 26 and recorded 26 saves in a 4-0 victory over the Coyotes Dec. 27. Selected by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2005 Entry Draft, Quick was recalled from AHL Manchester on Dec. 16 and has posted a 2-2-0 record with a 1.88 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and two shutouts in five appearances with the Kings this season.
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