Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks captain and goaltender Roberto Luongo has been named the National Hockey League’s third star of the week for the week of December 21-27, 2009. Luongo is joined by Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens (first star) and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks (second star) as the NHL 'Three Stars' of the week.
Luongo helped lead the Canucks to a 3-0-0 record stopping 73 of 76 shots faced versus Western Conference opponents, the Nashville Predators, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. In the three victories, Luongo posted a 1.00 goals-against average and .961 save percentage. The three wins helped move the Canucks into seventh place in the Western Conference with a record of 23-16-0.
FIRST STAR -- JAROSLAV HALAK, G, MONTREAL CANADIENS
Halak posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.97 goals-against average and .959 save percentage, stopping at least 46 shots in each contest, as the Canadiens (19-18-3) jumped to seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. Halak recorded 47 saves in a 4-3 overtime win over the Atlanta Thrashers Dec. 21, stopped 46 shots in a 5-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Dec. 23 and finished the week with 47 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Dec 26. Halak is 10-5-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout in 16 appearances this season.
SECOND STAR -- PATRICK KANE, RW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Kane led all goal scorers (five) and recorded eight points last week, helping the Blackhawks (26-9-3) win three of four games. Kane tallied points in all four games and scored the game-winning goal in each of the last three. He recorded one goal and one assist in both a 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks Dec. 22 and a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Dec. 23, posted one goal in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators Dec. 26 and finished the week with two goals and one assist in a 5-4 victory over Nashville on Dec. 27. The 21-year-old Buffalo native is the first Blackhawks player to register the game-winning goal in three consecutive games since Murray Craven accomplished the feat from Dec. 26-29, 1995. He leads his club in goals (15) and points (42), notching at least one point in 10 of his past 11 games and in 25 of his past 30.
THIRD STAR -- ROBERTO LUONGO, G, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Luongo stopped 73 of 76 shots in posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals-against average and .961 save percentage as the Canucks (23-16-0) rose to seventh place in the Western Conference. Luongo recorded 20 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators Dec. 23, stopped 24 shots in a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers Dec. 26 and finished the week with 29 saves in a 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames Dec. 27. Luongo has posted a 19-12-0 record with a 2.28 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and two shutouts in 32 games with the Canucks this season.