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Nicklas Backstrom, left, was named the NHL's third star of the week, while teammate Alex Ovechkin nabbed first star honours. ((Jim McIsaac/Getty Images))

Washington Capitals sniper Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL's first star of the week.

It's the third time he's received the honour this season and the second time in four weeks.

Toronto's newly acquired goalie, Jean-Sébastien Giguère, was named second star and Washington's Nicklas Backstrom is the third star.

Ovechkin was tied for the week's scoring lead with 10 points, including seven goals, leading the Capitals to a 4-0-0 record.

Giguère set a Maple Leafs record by recording shutouts in his first two games with the team, over New Jersey and Ottawa.

Backstrom matched Ovechkin's 10 points last week and was named the league's third star for the second week in a row.