NEW YORK -- Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien plus Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the period ending Nov. 28.
FIRST STAR -- ONDREJ PAVELEC, G, ATLANTA THRASHERS
Pavelec stopped 97 of 99 shots in backstopping the Thrashers (12-9-3) to three consecutive home victories as the Southeast Division's hottest club extended its winning streak to five games. Pavelec began the week by turning aside 32 of 33 shots in a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 24. He made 25 saves for his fourth career NHL shutout as the Thrashers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Nov. 26 and posted a season-high 40 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins Nov. 28. Pavelec lowered his season goals-against average to 1.62 and improved his save percentage to .949, placing third among NHL goaltenders in both categories. The 23-year-old Kladno, Czech Republic native, who returned to action Oct. 30 after being sidelined for three weeks following a fainting spell and subsequent concussion on opening night, has surrendered just three goals during the Thrashers' five-game winning streak.
SECOND STAR -- DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN, D, ATLANTA THRASHERS
THIRD STAR -- SIDNEY CROSBY, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Crosby climbed to first place in the NHL scoring race by recording seven points (four goals, three assists), helping the Penguins (15-8-2) post four consecutive victories and close within two points of first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. Crosby tallied one goal and one assist in a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers Nov. 22, earned one assist each in victories over the Buffalo Sabres (1-0, Nov. 24) and Ottawa Senators (2-1, Nov. 26) and recorded a hat trick, including the 200th goal of his NHL career, in a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames Nov. 27. Crosby increased his season points total to 40 (18 goals, 22 assists), one more than Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning (21-18--39). Crosby shares second place among League goal-scorers behind Stamkos' 21.