NEW YORK – Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Mar. 27.
FIRST STAR – RYAN MILLER, G, BUFFALO SABRES
Miller helped the Sabres (38-28-9) strengthen their hold on an Eastern Conference playoff berth by posting a 3-0-0 record, including two shutouts, a 0.67 goals-against average and .976 save percentage. Miller stopped 83 of 85 shots last week, beginning with a 31-save performance in a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Mar. 22. He recorded 22 saves in a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers Mar. 25 and finished the week by posting his fifth shutout of the season and 22nd of his NHL career in a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils Mar. 26. Miller improved his season record to 33-21-8 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 63 appearances. The 30-year-old East Lansing, Mich. native has won 220 career games with the Sabres, 14 shy of Dominik Hasek's franchise record.
SECOND STAR – COREY PERRY, RW, ANAHEIM DUCKS
Dallas Stars Mar. 23. He recorded two goals and one assist in a 5-4 loss to the Nashville Predators Mar. 24 and notched both Anaheim goals in the third period, including the game-winner, in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Mar. 26. Perry leads the NHL in goals (44), shares the lead in game-winning goals (10) and ranks fifth in points (44-41--85). In his past nine contests, Perry has notched 17 points (13 goals, four assists), a +9 rating, five multi-goal games, four game-winning goals and two overtime goals.
THIRD STAR – HENRIK LUNDQVIST, G, NEW YORK RANGERS
Lundqvist posted a 2-0-1 record, 0.32 goals-against average, .987 save percentage and two shutouts as the Rangers (41-30-5) moved closer to securing an Eastern Conference playoff berth by earning five of a possible six points. Lundqvist stopped 77 of 78 shots, beginning with a 22-save performance in a 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers Mar. 22. He recorded 29 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators Mar. 24 and finished the week by making 26 saves in recording his League-leading 11th shutout of the season, a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins Mar. 26. Lundqvist improved to 33-24-5 on the season with a 2.24 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. He has extended his NHL record by posting 30+ wins for the sixth consecutive season to start his career.