Devils' Brodeur named NHL's 1st star
Kovalchuk deemed best in February
New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was selected Monday as the NHL's first star of the week.
After missing 50 games due to injury, Brodeur made up for lost time last week with a string of fantastic performances.
Brodeur recorded his 100th career shutout Sunday in the Devils' 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, inching closer to the NHL's all-time leader, Terry Sawchuk (103).
In three starts since returning to action, Brodeur has posted a 3-0-0 record, 0.67 goals-against average and two shutouts. For the season, Brodeur is 9-2-2 with a 1.81 goals-against average and four shutouts.
He also increased his career wins total to 547, four behind all-time leader Patrick Roy (551).
Iginla is 2nd star
Calgary Flames right-winger Jarome Iginla was the NHL's second star
The Flames captain led the NHL in scoring with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in three games last week, achieving a pair of major milestones in the process.
Iginla registered his second five-point game of the season (two goals, three assists) in an 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Iginla recorded his 400th career goal and move into first place on the Flames' all-time scoring list with 834 points, passing Theo Fleury (830).
Atlanta Thrashers left-winger Ilya Kovalchuk was the third star.
Kovalchuk tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) last week, including a season-high five points (two goals, three assists) in a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 28.
Kovalchuk leads the Thrashers and ranks seventh in NHL scoring with 71 points (34 goals, 37 assists) in 63 games.
The Atlanta captain was also named top NHL player for February, scoring 13 goals and eight assists in 12 games.
Defenceman Mike Green of the Washington Capitals was second star for the month, scoring 20 points. He set an NHL record for defenceman with goals in eight straight games, a streak that lasted from Jan. 27 to Feb. 14.
St. Louis Blues goalie Chris Mason posted a 1.64 goals-against average and .939 save percentage and one shutout through 14 games, earning him third star honours.