NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla and Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Mar. 1.
FIRST STAR -- MARTIN BRODEUR, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Brodeur returned to the Devils lineup after missing 50 games due to injury and stopped 66 of 68 shots in posting a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and two shutouts. Brodeur recorded a shutout in his first appearance since Nov. 1, making 24 saves in a 4-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 26. He turned aside 15 shots in a 7-2 victory over the Florida Panthers Feb. 28 and concluded the week by posting his 100th career shutout, making 27 stops in a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Mar. 1. Brodeur increased his career victories total to 547, four shy of all-time leader Patrick Roy, and needs three shutouts to tie all-time leader Terry Sawchuk.
SECOND STAR -- JAROME IGINLA, RW, CALGARY FLAMES
Iginla led the League in scoring with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in three games, achieving a pair of major milestones in the process. He began the week by notching two goals and two assists in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Feb. 24 and recorded one assist in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild Feb. 27. The Flames captain tallied his second five-point game of the season (two goals, three assists) in an 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Mar. 1, a performance in which he scored his 400th career goal and moved into first place on the Flames' all-time scoring list with 834 points, passing Theoren Fleury (830).
THIRD STAR -- ILYA KOVALCHUK, LW, ATLANTA THRASHERS
Kovalchuk tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) for the week, helping the Thrashers post two wins in three starts. He notched one goal in a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 24, recorded one goal and one assist in a 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals Feb. 26 and had a season-high five points (two goals, three assists) in a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Feb. 28. Kovalchuk leads the Thrashers and ranks seventh in NHL scoring with 71 points (34 goals, 37 assists) in 63 games.