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Quick's dominance earns him NHL's 'First Star'

Monday, 10.24.2011 / 11:02 AM / News


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Quick's dominance earns him NHL's 'First Star'
Jonathan Quick was named the NHL's First Star of the Week after posting three-straight shutouts.
NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza and Washington Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the week ending Oct. 23.


Jonathan Quick
Goalie - LAK
RECORD: 5-0-1
GAA: 0.81 | SVP: 0.972
Quick became the first Los Angeles Kings goaltender to post three consecutive shutouts as the Kings improved to 5-1-1, matching the best seven-game start in franchise history. He made 27 saves in a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Blues Oct. 18 and recorded his 100th career NHL victory with a 28-save performance in a 2-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Oct. 20. Quick became the third goaltender to post 100 wins with the club, joining Rogie Vachon and Kelly Hrudey, and did so in the fewest games (Quick 185, Hrudey 228, Vachon 230). Quick concluded the week with his club-record third consecutive shutout, making 28 saves in a 1-0 win over the Dallas Stars Oct. 22. He set another franchise mark by extending his shutout streak to 188:10, passing Vachon's 184:55 set from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 1975. The 25-year-old Milford, Conn., native is the first NHL goaltender to record three straight shutouts since Columbus' Steve Mason in December 2008 and improved to 5-0-1 with a 0.81 goals-against average and a .972 save percentage in six appearances this season.


Spezza tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) last week, helping the Senators record two wins in three starts. Spezza figured in seven of the Senators' 10 goals, beginning with a single tally in a 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 18. He recorded one goal and two assists in a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Oct. 20 and closed the week by notching a goal and two assists in Ottawa's 4-3 comeback victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Oct. 22. Spezza scored the game-tying goal at 19:24 of the third period and assisted on the game-winner by Milan Michalek at 19:55. The 28-year-old Mississauga, Ontario native leads the Senators in scoring and ranks third in the League overall with 11 points (4-7--11) in eight games.


Vokoun helped the Capitals extend their franchise-record start to 7-0-0 by posting three consecutive victories with a 1.00 goals-against average, .968 save percentage and one shutout. The 35-year-old native of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, stopped 20 shots in a 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers Oct. 18, posting his 45th career NHL shutout. He turned aside 40 shots in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 20 and handed the Detroit Red Wings their first loss of the season with a 32-save effort in a 7-1 win at Verizon Center on Oct. 22. Signed as a free agent by the Capitals on July 2, 2011, Vokoun improved to 6-0-0 on the season with a 1.80 goals-against average and .944 save percentage.

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