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Daniel Sedin named NHL's second star of the week

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin has been named the National Hockey League’s second star of the week for the week of December 7-13, 2009. Sedin is joined by Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings (first star) and Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes (third star) as the NHL 'Three Stars' of the week.

Daniel helped lead the Canucks to wins against the Minnesota Wild on December 12 and Atlanta Thrashers on December 10. Over the span of the last week, Sedin recorded his third career hat trick (versus Atlanta) and notched one goal and one assist in each of the other two games played. In total, Sedin recorded seven points (5-2-7) in three games last week and is currently on a six-game scoring streak (6-5-11 in 6 GP) entering tonight’s game. In 2009-10, Sedin has recorded 18 points (7-11-18) in 14 games played.

Quick posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. He recorded 26 saves in a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames Dec. 7, turned aside 29 shots and five of eight shootout attempts in a 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Dec. 10 and finished the week by stopping 25 shots and all four shootout attempts in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Dec 12. Appearing in 31 of the Kings' 34 games, the 23-year-old Milford, Conn. native ranks second among NHL goaltenders in victories (19-9-3) and has posted a 2.60 goals-against average and .903 save percentage.

Bryzgalov posted a 2-0-1 record with a 0.97 goals-against average, .968 save percentage and one shutout as the Coyotes improved to 19-11-2. He stopped all 28 shots for his 12th career shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild Dec. 7, blocked 26 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings Dec. 10 and made a season-high 37 saves in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Dec. 12. Bryzgalov has started 12 consecutive games for the Coyotes, going 8-2-2 in that span, and has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his past eight starts. He is tied for the League lead in shutouts (four), ranks second in goals-against average (1.95), shares third place in victories (18-8-2) and is fifth in save percentage (.928).

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