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Langenbrunner, Niedermayer and Miller named 'Three Stars' of the month

Monday, 02.02.2009 / 1:55 PM / News

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the month of January.

FIRST STAR -- JAMIE LANGENBRUNNER, RW, NEW JERSEY DEVILS Langenbrunner highlights

Langenbrunner tied for third among scorers with 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 14 games as the Devils went 11-3-0 for the month to improve their overall record to 32-15-3, 67 points and first in the Atlantic Division. He recorded points in 10 of 14 games including goals in six games. Langenbrunner recorded six multiple point games and notched game winning goals against Ottawa Jan. 27, Boston Jan. 29 and Pittsburgh Jan. 30. Appearing in 49 games this season, Langenbrunner has recorded 41 points (14-27--41) with a +19 plus-minus rating.

SECOND STAR -- SCOTT NIEDERMAYER, D, ANAHEIM DUCKS  Niedermayer highlights

Niedermayer led all defensemen with 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) in 14 games as the Ducks record moved to 25-22-5, 55 points and second in the Pacific Division. He recorded points in 11 of 14 games including five multiple point games that saw two-point efforts against Phoenix, Jan. 4 and Jan. 27, Los Angeles, Jan. 6, Chicago, Jan. 28 as well as a three-point game against Colorado, Jan. 31. Niedermayer has appeared in all 52 games for the Ducks this season and is tied for fifth among NHL defensemen with 36 points (6-30--36).

THIRD STAR -- RYAN MILLER, G, BUFFALO SABRES
Miller highlights

Miller led all NHL goaltenders in victories, posting a 9-3-0 record with a 2.30 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and one shutout as the Sabres improved to 26-19-5 overall, 57 points and seventh in the Eastern Conference. Miller started 12 of the Sabres' 13 games in January and allowed two goals or fewer eight times, including a 28-save, 2-0 win over Phoenix to finish the month. He faced 40-plus shots on back-to-back nights turning aside 43 in a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Jan. 9 and 45 in a 3-1 loss to Detroit on Jan. 10. Overall, Miller has posted a record of 24-13-4, with a 2.53 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and four shutouts.
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