ST. LOUIS, SELANNE AND SMITH NAMED NHL'S THREE STARS OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK (Nov. 27, 2006) - Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis, Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne and Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Nov. 26.
Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League's top performances over the preceding week.
FIRST STAR - MARTIN ST. LOUIS, RW, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
St. Louis led all NHL scorers for the week, posting nine points (four goals, five assists) in four games. He notched multiple points in each contest, beginning with a two-goal effort in a 7-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 20. St. Louis recorded three assists in a 6-4 victory over the Florida Panthers Nov. 22, recorded the game-winning goal in overtime and added an assist in a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Nov. 24 and closed the week with one goal and one assist in a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators Nov. 26. St. Louis ranks seventh in NHL scoring with 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 24 games.
SECOND STAR - TEEMU SELANNE, RW, ANAHEIM DUCKS
Selanne led all goal-scorers for the week with five, including his 500th career NHL tally. He became the 36th player in NHL history to reach the milestone, the fifth European and second player from Finland, following Hall of Famer Jari Kurri. Selanne began the week with two goals in a 5-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 21, tallied his 500th career goal in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 22 and finished the week by scoring twice in a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames Nov. 26.
THIRD STAR - MIKE SMITH, G, DALLAS STARS
Smith backstopped Dallas to three victories, posting a 1.73 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. He made 18 saves as the Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Nov. 20, registered his first career NHL shutout with a 17-save performance in a 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators Nov. 22 and closed out the week with 22 saves as the Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 Nov. 24.