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Luongo named NHL's 1st star

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was named the NHL's first star of the week on Monday after notching three consecutive shutouts.

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was named the NHL's first star of the week on Monday after notching three consecutive shutouts.

Luongo set aside all 81 shots he faced in wins over Nashville, Phoenix and Minnesota last week. He already has five shutouts this season — just two shy of the franchise record held by Dan Cloutier — and hasn't allowed a goal in over 201 minutes of action.

Luongo also recorded three consecutive shutouts in November last season, setting a franchise mark of 210:34 without a goal.

The Canucks return to action with a home game Wednesday against Northwest division rival Colorado.

The Montreal native topped a list of three goaltenders recognized for their play.

Rookie Steve Mason was named second star after winning his first three career starts with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The former world junior goalie for Canada stopped 79 of 87 shots as his club defeated Edmonton, Montreal and Calgary.

Veteran Washington netminder Brent Johnson stopped 101 of 106 shots in three games last week to be named third star.

Johnson helped the Capitals earn a point in an overtime loss against Ottawa and then backstopped Washington to wins over Carolina and the New York Rangers.

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