Quick grabs NHL's first star
The National Hockey League announced its "Three Stars" for the week on Monday.
Among the winners were Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick (1), Vancouver winger Daniel Sedin (2), and Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov (3).
Quick was a perfect 3-0 with a 1.58 goals against average and .941 save percentage during the week. His strong play helped lift the Kings to the first spot in the Western Conference. The 23-year-old has started 31 of 34 games for Los Angeles, posting a 19-9-3 record this season.
Sedin, who missed 18 games earlier in the season with a broken foot, led the league with five goals, seven points, and recorded multiple points in each contest. Most notable was the Swede's hat trick, including the game-winner, during the Canucks' 4-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Dec.10. The 29-year-old has seven goals, 11 assists and 18 points in only 14 games this season.
Bryzgalov was 2-0-1 with an impressive 0.97 goals against average, a .968 save percentage and one shutout in the week. The Coyotes back stop registered his 12th career shutout in Phoenix's 2-0 win against the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 7, stopped 26 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to Los Angeles on Dec.10, and held the NHL's highest scoring team to a single goal in the Coyotes 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.