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Langenbrunner named NHL's First Star

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils
NJD Audio Spotlight: Jamie Langenbrunner
Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith and Dallas Stars left wing Loui Eriksson have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the week ending Jan. 3.

Langenbrunner tallied six points last week (five goals, one assist), helping the Devils (29-10-1) win three of four games. Langenbrunner recorded one assist in a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Dec. 28, notched one goal in a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Dec. 30 and tallied his club's only score in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Dec. 31.

The 34-year-old Cloquet, Minnesota native was honored with his second career selection to the United States Olympic Team Jan. 1 and celebrated a trip to his home state by recording his first career NHL hat trick in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild Jan. 2.

Langenbrunner ranks second on the Devils in scoring with 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 40 games, a pace that would challenge his single-season career high of 69 set with the Devils last season.
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