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Briere Named NHL's First Star of the Week

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Flyers center led NHL in scoring for week ending Nov. 25


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Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere, Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and Dallas Stars goaltender Mike Smith have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending November 25.

FIRST STAR - DANNY BRIERE, C, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Briere earned the NHL's First Star award after leading the League in scoring with eight points (five goals, three assists), including a pair of game-winning goals, in three contests. Briere began the week by notching his first hat trick as a Flyer and adding an assist in a 6-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Nov. 21. He notched a power-play goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals Nov. 23 and tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators Nov. 24. Briere leads the Flyers in scoring with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) in 22 games. The Flyers (13-7-2, 28 points) lead the Atlantic Division and host the Boston Bruins at Wachovia Center tonight.

“It has been a lot of fun this past week," said Briere. "We are finally starting to find some chemistry.  Since me, Joffrey Lupul and Scott Hartnell started playing together you could sense that something good was about to happen.  We are creating a lot, and it was just a matter of time before the pucks starting going in. 

"I think it is a reflection of not just me, but the way our line has been playing and the way our power play has been playing lately.”

SECOND STAR - ILYA BRYZGALOV, G, PHOENIX COYOTES

Bryzgalov posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.62 goals-against average and .938 save percentage as the Coyotes (11-10-0, 22 points) extended their winning streak to four games. Bryzgalov turned aside 28 of 29 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Nov. 21, stopped 23 shots in regulation and overtime followed by two shootout saves in a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 23 and blocked 25 of 26 shots in a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Nov. 24. Claimed off waivers by the Coyotes from Anaheim Nov. 17, Bryzgalov has posted a 4-0-0 record, a 1.22 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and one shutout with his new club.

THIRD STAR - MIKE SMITH, G, DALLAS STARS

Smith posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against average, .963 save percentage and one shutout as the Stars (12-7-4, 28 points) moved into first place in the Pacific Division. He made 22 saves and recorded his fourth career shutout as the Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 Nov. 19, stopped 17 of 18 shots in a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 21 and made a season-high 39 saves as Dallas defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 Nov. 25. Smith has posted a 6-3-0 record, 2.19 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and one shutout in nine appearances this season.
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