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Hedberg named NHL's Third Star for February

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils
Johan Hedberg
Johan Hedberg has been named the NHL's Third Star for the month of February.

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi took First and Second Star honors, respectively.

Hedberg went 7-1-1 record with a 1.43 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and two shutouts in 10 games, helping the surging Devils (27-31-4) gain 23 of a possible 26 points for the month (11-1-1).

"Moose" won each of his first seven starts after Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur suffered a knee sprain Feb. 6 at Montreal, including shutouts Feb. 18 against the New York Rangers and Feb. 22 at the Dallas Stars, and allowed one or fewer goals in six of 10 appearances overall. The 37 year-old Leksand, Sweden native improved his season record to 13-11-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and three shutouts.

Toews led all scorers in February with 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) and posted a +13 rating as the Blackhawks (34-23-6) collected points in 10 of 13 games (8-3-2) and climbed to fifth place in the Western Conference.

Niemi posted a 10-2-0 record with a 1.89 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and three shutouts in 13 appearances, helping the Sharks (36-21-6) reclaim first place in the Pacific Division and third place overall in the Western Conference.
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