NEW YORK (Oct. 16, 2006) -- Dallas goaltender Marty Turco, who has backstopped the Stars to a 5-0-0 start, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Martin Havlat, the NHL scoring leader with 10 points (six goals, four assists) in four games, and Toronto Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin, who reached the 500-goal milestone with a shorthanded overtime tally Saturday, have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' of the week.
Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League's top performances over the past week. Due to the mid-week start to the regular season Oct. 4, this week's selections were based on games from Wednesday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 15.
FIRST STAR -- MARTY TURCO, G, DALLAS STARS
Turco has played in each of Dallas' five victories, posting a 5-0-0 record, 1.56 goals-against average and .948 save percentage. He opened the season with a key assist on Darryl Sydor's overtime goal in a 3-2 victory at Colorado Oct. 4, defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-1 in the Dallas home opener Oct. 7, bested the Los Angeles Kings by identical 4-1 scores on Oct. 12 and 14 and blocked two of three shootout attempts in a 4-3 victory at Anaheim last night.
SECOND STAR -- MARTIN HAVLAT, RW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Acquired by Chicago in a three-way trade among the Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks on July 10, Havlat has tallied multiple points in each of his first four games with the club. He notched four points (two goals, two assists) in the season-opening 8-6 victory at Nashville Oct. 5, recorded a goal and an assist in games against Columbus (5-4 loss, Oct. 7) and Nashville (3-1 win, Oct. 12) and tallied a pair of goals in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues Oct. 14.
THIRD STAR -- MATS SUNDIN, C, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Sundin had one of the most notable games in recent club history Saturday, recording four points (three goals, one assist) in a 5-4 overtime victory over Calgary. Sundin completed the hat trick with his 500th career goal, a shorthanded effort at 0:50 of overtime, becoming the 35th player in League history to reach the milestone. Sundin has the most overtime goals in regular-season play in League history (15). The Maple Leafs captain ranks seventh in League scoring with eight points (four goals, four assists) in six games.