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Alex Ovechkin became the first NHL player to reach 60 goals in a season since Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr hit that mark in 1995-96. ((Mark Humphrey/Associated Press))

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL's first star of the week on Monday, earning the honour for the second time in three weeks.

The Capitals sniper scored his 60th goal of the season last week and led all scorers with seven points in three games.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala was named the league's second star, while Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Briere earned third-star honours.

Ovechkin netted a goal and a pair assists during a 4-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, becoming the fastest NHL player to reach 300 career points since Peter Forsberg, who accomplished the feat in 1997-98.

Ovechkin also hit the 60-goal plateau in a two-goal, two-assist performance during a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday.

The Russian native became the first player to reach 60 goals in a season since Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr hit that mark in 1995-96.

Toskala recorded a 3-0-0 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and .940 save percentage to help the Leafs to three road victories. Briere registered six points, including three goals, guiding the Flyers to three consecutive wins.