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by Paul on 10/31/11 at 01:55 PM ET
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr check in as the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week.
added 12:13pm, NHL release added below…
NEW YORK (October 31, 2011)—Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jaromir Jagr have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 30.
FIRST STAR—CAREY PRICE, G, MONTREAL CANADIENS
Price backstopped Montreal to three consecutive victories, posting a 1.33 goals-against average and .950 save percentage, as the Canadiens improved to 4-5-2 on the season. Price began the week by stopping 20 of 21 shots in a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 26, the Canadiens’ first home win in 2011-12 and the end of a six-game winless streak overall.
Price also achieved a personal milestone, posting his 100th career regular-season victory. The 24-year-old became the seventh-youngest goaltender in League history to reach the century mark. He made 29 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins Oct. 27 and turned aside 26 shots in a 4-2 win over the Bruins two nights later, completing the home-and-home sweep over the Canadiens’ historic rival. With a career record of 102-80-26, Price is one victory behind Georges Vezina (103-81-5) for 11th place on the franchise win list.
SECOND STAR—NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN, G, EDMONTON OILERS
Khabibulin helped the Oilers (7-2-2) climb to first place in the Western Conference by posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .951 save percentage. He stopped 97 of 102 shots last week, beginning with 35 saves in a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 25. He turned aside 34 shots in a 2-1 victory over the previously-undefeated Washington Capitals Oct. 27 and made 28 saves in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Oct. 30. In his third season with the Oilers, Khabibulin improved his 2011-12 record to 5-0-2 with a League-leading 1.12 goals-against average and .960 save percentage. The 38-year-old Sverdlovsk, Russia native increased his career victories total to 321, 20th on the all-time list and three behind Sean Burke for 19th place.
THIRD STAR—JAROMIR JAGR, RW, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Jagr tallied a League-leading five goals last week, including the 113th game-winner of his NHL career, as the Flyers (6-4-1) won twice in four starts. Jagr recorded points in each game, starting with two goals and one assist in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 24. He recorded his club’s only goal in a 5-1 loss to Montreal Canadiens Oct. 26, notched one assist in a 9-8 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Oct. 27 and notched two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 29. Jagr’s 113 career game-winning goals rank third in the NHL all-time behind Gordie Howe (121) and Phil Esposito (118). Jagr also ranks among all-time leaders in goals (12th, 651), assists (13th, 959) and points (ninth, 1,610). The 39-year-old Kladno, Czech Republic native has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his first 11 games with the Flyers.
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