Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/02/07 at 04:06 PM ET
Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery, Los Angeles Kings left wing Alexander Frolov and Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 31.
FIRST STAR—RAY EMERY, G, OTTAWA SENATORS
Emery backstopped the Senators to three consecutive victories, posting a 0.66 goals-against average, .977 save percentage and two shutouts. He made 18 saves as Ottawa defeated the New York Islanders 2-0 on Dec. 27 and stopped all 27 shots in a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Dec. 29. He finished the week with a 43-save performance, tying his season high, as the Senators defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime Dec. 30. Emery improved his season record to 15-9-0 with a 2.42 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and three shutouts.
SECOND STAR—ALEXANDER FROLOV, LW, LOS ANGELES KINGS
Frolov led all NHL scorers for the week, posting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in four games. He recorded multiple points in each game, beginning with two assists in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Dec. 26. He tallied a goal and two assists in consecutive games, a 7-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers Dec. 28 and a 6-4 loss to the Calgary Flames Dec. 29, and closed the week with both Kings goals in a 6-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Dec. 31. Frolov leads the Kings and is tied for 20th in overall NHL scoring with 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) in 41 games.
THIRD STAR—DANIEL SEDIN, LW, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Sedin recorded eight points (five goals, three assists), as the Canucks posted three consecutive victories. He opened the week with two goals in a 3-1 victory at Calgary Dec. 26, ending the Flames’ franchise-record, 10-game home winning streak. He recorded a goal and two assists in a 6-5 overtime victory over Calgary in the return match of the home-and-home series Dec. 27 and concluded week by tallying two goals and one assist as the Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 Dec. 30. Sedin ranks second on the Canucks with 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) in 38 games.
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