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Hiller Named NHL's Second Star

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller was named the NHL's Second Star for the Week ending Jan. 10. Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows was named the First Star and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Mathieu Garon was named the Third Star.

To cap off the week, Hiller stopped a season-high 42 shots for the Ducks in a 3-1 victory at league-leading Chicago on Sunday for the club's fourth straight win.

Hiller stopped 125 of 131 shots in posting a 4-0-0 record with a 1.50 goals-against average and.954 save percentage, helping the Ducks (20-19-7) close within six points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Hiller recorded 38 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Jan. 5, stopped 20 shots in a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Jan. 7 and made 25 saves in a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators Jan. 9. He closed the week by stopping a season-high 42 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Jan. 10, a game in which the Ducks were outshot 43-12. Hiller, who will represent Switzerland at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver next month, has posted a 16-12-2 record with a 2.72 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and one shutout in 31 games this season.


Burrows led all NHL scorers with seven points (six goals, one assist), highlighted by hat tricks in consecutive games, as the Canucks (27-16-2) moved within one point of the Northwest Division lead. Burrows recorded his first career hat trick and a +3 rating in a 7-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 5 and posted another three-goal, +3 effort two nights later in a 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. He became the third player in Canucks history to record hat tricks in consecutive team games, joining Bobby Schmautz (November 1972) and Petri Skriko (November 1986). Since 2002, the only other NHL player with back-to-back hat tricks is Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk (Nov. 1-3, 2007). Burrows closed the week by notching one assist in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames on Jan. 9. The 28-year-old Pincourt, Que. native ranks fourth on the Canucks in scoring with 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 45 games, on a pace to easily surpass his career high of 51 points set last season.


Garon went 3-0-0 with a 1.46 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and one shutout in four games, including three wins over a four-day period at the end of the week. After stopping six of seven shots in relief of Steve Mason in a 7-3 loss at Vancouver on Jan. 5, Garon made 24 saves in a 4-2 win at Edmonton on Jan. 7, earned the 100th win of his NHL career with 22 saves in a 3-2 win at Calgary on Jan. 8 and registered his second shutout of the season with 26 saves in a 2-0 win against Dallas on Jan. 10. Garon improved his season record to 7-5-3 with a 2.55 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and two shutouts in 21 appearances.
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