NEW YORK -- Goaltenders Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brent Johnson of the Washington Capitals have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 9.
FIRST STAR -- ROBERTO LUONGO, G, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Luongo stopped all 81 shots he faced in posting three consecutive shutouts as the Canucks (9-6-0, 18 points) climbed to first place in the Northwest Division. Luongo made 24 saves in a 4-0 victory over Nashville Nov. 4, stopped 28 shots in a 1-0 victory over Phoenix Nov. 6 and finished the week by turning aside 29 shots in a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild Nov. 8. The 29-year-old Montreal native improved his season record to 9-5-0 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and a League-leading five shutouts. He has blanked the opposition in four of his past six starts and enters Wednesday's game against Colorado with an active shutout streak of 201:08.
SECOND STAR -- STEVE MASON, G, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Mason, 20, posted a 3-0-0 record with a 2.61 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in the first three starts of his NHL career. Recalled from the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate in Syracuse Nov. 4, Mason made his League debut the following night and made 22 saves in a 5-4 victory over Edmonton. He stopped 34 shots and both shootout attempts in a 4-3 victory over Montreal Nov. 7 and picked up his third win in four nights when he made 22 saves in a 3-1 win over Calgary Nov. 8. Columbus’ second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, Mason underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Sept. 23 and missed a month before making his professional debut with Syracuse Oct. 29.
THIRD STAR -- BRENT JOHNSON, G, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Making three consecutive starts for the first time since March 2007, Johnson posted a 2-0-1 record with a 1.63 goals-against average and .953 save percentage as the Capitals collected five of six available points. He made a season-high 42 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss at Ottawa Nov. 4, stopped 32 shots in a 3-2 victory over Carolina Nov. 6 and made 28 stops in a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers Nov. 8. Johnson improved his season record to 3-1-2 with a 2.12 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in six appearances. Since Bruce Boudreau was named head coach on Nov. 22, 2007, Johnson is 9-3-3 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .925 save percentage as a starter.