NEW YORK – Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell, New York Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot and Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 15.
Hartnell led the NHL with five goals and shared second in the League with five points to power the Blue Jackets (30-35-4, 64 points) to three wins in four starts. He scored twice, his fifth multi-goal game of the season, in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes March 10. Hartnell then notched his first game-winning goal of the campaign in a 3-1 triumph over the Detroit Red Wings March 12 and reached the 20-goal milestone for the eighth time in his 14 NHL seasons in a 5-4 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers March 13. He closed the week by recording the tying goal in an eventual 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes March 15. The 32-year-old Regina, Sask., native has scored in four consecutive games for the second time in his career (also Dec. 2-13, 2011: 6-2-8 in 6 GP w/ PHI). He ranks third on the Blue Jackets with 21-27-48 in 64 games this season, including 7-2-9 in his past eight outings.