NHL 3 Stars: Gagner, Kovalchuk, Reimer
Edmonton Oilers forward Sam Gagner was unsurprisingly selected Monday as the NHL's first star for the week ending Feb. 5.
New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer were second and third star, respectively.
Gagner earned points on 11 consecutive team goals spread over two games last week. He tied a franchise record set by Wayne Gretzky (twice) and Paul Coffey by scoring eight points in the team's 8-4 win over Chicago.
He followed up that four goal performance by notching a goal and two assists and scoring in the shootout in Edmonton's 5-4 victory over Detroit.
"It was obviously a good week and I think the biggest thing is we were able to play well as a group … ," Gagner told the team's website after the morning skate Monday for Edmonton's game in Toronto.
Kovalchuk finished with three goals and seven assists in four games for New Jersey. He finished the week Sunday with his third consecutive three-point performance as the Devils downed Pittsburgh 5-2.
Reimer didn't allow a goal in two games. He returned to action for the first time in two weeks with a 25-save shutout in a one-goal game against Pittsburgh. He then stopped 49 shots in a 5-0 victory over Ottawa.