Quick NHL's No. 1 Star
|Jonathan Quick posted a 3-0-0 mark with a 1.58 GAA and a .941 SV%.
Kings Award Winners
FIRST STAR -- JONATHAN QUICK, G, LOS ANGELES KINGS
Quick posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and .941 save percentage, helping the Kings (21-10-3) leap to first place in the Western Conference. He recorded 26 saves in a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames Dec. 7, turned aside 29 shots and five of eight shootout attempts in a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Dec. 10 and finished the week by stopping 25 shots and all four shootout attempts in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Dec 12. Appearing in 31 of the Kings' 34 games, the 23-year-old Milford, Conn. native ranks second among NHL goaltenders in victories (19-9-3) and has posted a 2.60 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. He is on track to become the first goaltender in franchise history to reach the 20-win mark in fewer than 40 team games (fastest was Mario Lessard, 40 games, 1980-81).
The selection marked the second time this season that Quick has been so honored, as the second-year netminder earned No. 2 Star of the Week honors on Oct. 10, after posting a 3-0-0 mark with a 2.67 GAA and a .909 SV%. Quick also won the award twice last season, earning No. 1 Star honors on Feb. 8 and No. 3 honors on Dec. 28. Anze Kopitar was also named No. 1 star this season on Oct. 25.
SECOND STAR -- DANIEL SEDIN, LW, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Sedin led the NHL in goals (five) and points (seven) last week, recording multiple points in each outing as the Canucks (18-14-0) posted two victories in three games. He began the week by tallying a goal and an assist in a 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators Dec. 8 and scored three goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers Dec. 10. For Sedin, who missed 18 games early in the season with a broken foot, the outburst doubled his goal total for the season and marked his third career hat trick. He closed the week by notching one goal and one assist in a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild Dec 12.
THIRD STAR -- ILYA BRYZGALOV, G, PHOENIX COYOTES
Bryzgalov posted a 2-0-1 record with a 0.97 goals-against average, .968 save percentage and one shutout as the Coyotes improved to 19-11-2. He stopped all 28 shots for his 12th career shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild Dec. 7, blocked 26 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings Dec. 10 and made a season-high 37 saves in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Dec. 12. Bryzgalov has started 12 consecutive games for the Coyotes, going 8-2-2 in that span, and has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his past eight starts. He is tied for the League lead in shutouts (four), ranks second in goals-against average (1.95), shares third place in victories (18-8-2) and is fifth in save percentage (.928).