Henrik Sedin named NHL's player of the month
Devils' Langenbrunner wins weekly honour
Vancouver Canucks forward Henrik Sedin was named the NHL's first star for December on Monday.
Sedin led all scorers with 25 points (five goals) in 15 games, helping Vancouver go 10-4-1 for the month. He recorded at least a point in all but one December game and ranks second in the NHL scoring race with 55 points — two back of San Jose's Joe Thornton.
Second-star honours went to Ilya Bryzgalov after the Phoenix goalie went 8-2-3 with a 1.82 goals-against average, a .939 save percentage and two shutouts. Bryzgalov's efforts helped the surprising Coyotes finish December in fourth place in the Western Conference.
Chicago forward Patrick Kane earned third start of the month after recording 20 points (eight goals) in 15 games. Kane, 21, leads the NHL-best Blackhawks in goals (17) and points (48), and was named last week to the U.S. Olympic team.
The NHL also announced its three stars of the previous week on Monday. Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner was the top pick after scoring five goals in four games to help East-leading New Jersey win three of four.
Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith (2-0-1, 1.31 GAA) was named the second star, and Dallas forward Loui Eriksson (five goals) the third.