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Mason Named to NHL 'Three Stars'

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues
NEW YORK (January 18, 2010) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason and Minnesota Wild left wing Guillaume Latendresse have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the week ending Jan. 17.


FIRST STAR – ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Ovechkin
Ovechkin led all scorers with 10 points (3-7--10) for the week, helping the Capitals (30-12-6) move into first place in the Eastern Conference by winning three of four games. He began the week by recording two assists in a 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jan. 12. The following night he notched one goal as the Capitals defeated the Florida Panthers 5-4 in a shootout. On Jan. 15, Ovechkin recorded one goal and a career-high four assists in a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He closed the week by notching a penalty-shot goal and one assist in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Jan. 17. Ovechkin leads the Capitals in scoring and ranks second in the NHL with 64 points (30-34--64) and leads the League in plus-minus with a +28 rating.

SECOND STAR – CHRIS MASON, G, ST. LOUIS BLUES
Mason
Mason stopped 66 of 68 shots in posting a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and one shutout as the Blues improved to 21-19-7. Mason recorded 26 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 12 and followed up by stopping all 19 shots for his 19th career shutout, a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild, Jan. 14. He finished the week by recording his 100th career victory, making 21 saves in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Jan. 16. Mason has appeared in 34 games for the Blues, posting a record of 15-13-6 with a 2.47 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout.

THIRD STAR – GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE, LW, MINNESOTA WILD
Latendresse
Latendresse finished second among all scorers with eight points (four goals, four assists) as Minnesota (24-22-3) won two of four starts. He began the week by notching a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) in a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jan. 11. He tallied one assist in a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 13 and finished the week by recording his first career NHL hat trick in a 6-4 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, Jan. 16. Acquired by the Wild from the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 28, Latendresse has recorded 19 points (13-6--19) in 24 games with his new club.
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