Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller
has been been named the NHL's First Star for the week ending Feb. 19. Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler and Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza were named the Second and Third Stars respectively.
FIRST STAR – JONAS HILLER, G, ANAHEIM DUCKS
|Hiller posted a 3-0-1 record, 0.98 goals-against average, .961 save percentage and one shutout during the week. |
Hiller posted a 3-0-1 record, 0.98 goals-against average, .961 save percentage and one shutout as the Ducks continued their playoff push by earning seven of eight points on the road. Hiller began the week making 17 saves in a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild Feb. 14 and stopping 25 shots the following night in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He recorded 25 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils Feb. 17 and recorded his 14th career NHL shutout as Anaheim defeated the Florida Panthers 2-0, Feb. 19. Hiller improved his season record to 22-19-10 with a 2.62 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and three shutouts in 53 appearances. Having trailed the #8 seed in the Western Conference by 20 points on Jan. 6, the Ducks enter the final stage of their eight-game road trip within five points of the West's final playoff position.SECOND STAR – BLAKE WHEELER, RW, WINNIPEG JETS
Wheeler tallied a League-leading eight points (one goal, seven assists) as the Jets won three of four games and pulled even in points with the #8-seed Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference standings. Wheeler recorded one assist in a 4-3 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild Feb. 16, notched one goal and two assists in a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins Feb. 17 and recorded four assists in a 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 19. Playing in his fourth NHL season, the 25-year old native of Robbinsdale, Minn., leads the Jets in scoring with 46 points (11 goals, 35 assists), surpassing his single-season career highs in assists and points.
THIRD STAR –JASON SPEZZA, C, OTTAWA SENATORS
Spezza recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) as the Senators swept a pair of games in the state of Florida and climbed to seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. Spezza tallied three goals and one assist in a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Feb. 14 and notched three assists the following night in a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers. The nine-year NHL veteran has appeared in each of Ottawa's 60 games this season, ranking sixth in the League in scoring with 63 points (25 goals, 38 assists).