NEW YORK (December 3, 2007)
-- Goaltenders Roberto Luongo
of the Vancouver Canucks, Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending December 2.
FIRST STAR -- ROBERTO LUONGO, G, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Luongo earned the NHL's First Star award for the week after posting a 2-1-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and two shutouts. He began the week by making 26 saves for his second consecutive shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 27, blanked his third consecutive opponent with a 26-save effort in a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Nov. 29 and turned aside 28 of 30 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild Dec 2. The first-period goal by the Wild's Eric Belanger snapped Luongo's franchise-record shutout streak at 210:34. SECOND STAR -- MARTIN BRODEUR, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Brodeur posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.30 goals-against average, .945 save percentage and a milestone shutout as the Devils (14-10-2, 30 points) extended their winning streak to seven games. Brodeur made 19 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Nov. 24, stopped all 27 shots in a 4-0 shutout of the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 30 and blocked 23 of 25 shots and all three shootout attempts in a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Dec. 2. Brodeur's shutout was the 94th of his NHL career, tying 1920s-30s star George Hainsworth for second place on the all-time list. Brodeur is nine shutouts shy of Terry Sawchuk's League-record 103. THIRD STAR -- NIKLAS BACKSTROM, G, MINNESOTA WILD
Backstrom posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.32 goals-against average and .969 save percentage as the Wild (15-9-2, 32 points) moved into first place in the Northwest Division. Backstrom made 21 saves as Minnesota defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 Nov. 28, recorded 22 stops in 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Nov. 30 and turned aside 19 of 20 shots in a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Dec. 2. Backstrom has posted a 12-4-1 record, 2.22 goals against average, .916 save percentage and two shutouts in 18 appearances this season.