NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs
right wing Phil Kessel
, Chicago Blackhawks
goaltender Corey Crawford
and Columbus Blue Jackets
left wing Matt Calvert
have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Feb. 27.
FIRST STAR -- PHIL KESSEL, RW, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Kessel led the NHL in scoring last week with eight points (four goals, four assists) in four games as the Maple Leafs (27-27-9) earned six of a possible eight points. Kessel began the week by tallying the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders
Feb. 22. He tied a career high with four points (two goals, two assists) in a 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens
Feb. 24, registered two assists in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins
Feb. 26 and notched another goal in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Atlanta Thrashers
Feb. 27. Kessel has recorded 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past seven games from Feb. 15-27. He leads the Maple Leafs in goals (26), power-play goals (10) and shots (267), and ranks second in points (47) and game-winning goals (four).
SECOND STAR -- COREY CRAWFORD, G, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Crawford posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.95 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and one shutout, helping the Blackhawks (33-23-6) capture maximum points in the ultra-tight Western Conference playoff race. Crawford stopped 88 of 94 shots last week, beginning with a 31-save performance in a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues
Feb. 21. He recorded 31 saves in notching his fourth career shutout, a 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators
Feb. 24, and stopped 26 shots plus all three shootout attempts in a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes
Feb. 27. Crawford has stopped seven consecutive shootout attempts, and 11-of-13 overall this season. His .846 save percentage in the shootout is the fifth-best mark among NHL netminders who have faced 10-or-more attempts. The 26-year-old Montreal native improved his season record to 22-12-3 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 37 games.
THIRD STAR -- MATT CALVERT, LW, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Calvert scored a League-leading five goals last week as the Blue Jackets (31-24-6) won two of three starts. He scored one goal in a 4-0 win over the Nashville Predators
Feb. 22 and became the second rookie in club history to record a hat trick in a 5-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes
on Feb. 25. He tallied the game-winning goal, notched an assist, fired seven shots on goal and posted a +2 rating as the Jackets overcame a 2-0 Phoenix lead. Calvert concluded the week with another goal in a 3-2 loss at Nashville Feb. 27. The 21-year-old Brandon, Manitoba native has recorded 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in 21 games since being recalled from the AHL's Springfield Falcons and is riding four-game point and goal streaks (6-2--8).