NEW YORK (January 17, 2011)
– Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jussi Jokinen
, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Jan. 16.
FIRST STAR – JUSSI JOKINEN, LW, CAROLINA HURRICANES
Jokinen led NHL scorers last week with seven points (four goals, three assists) in three games, helping the Hurricanes (22-16-6) gain four of a possible six points and move within one point of the eighth playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Jokinen recorded points in all three games, beginning with a two-goal, one-assist performance in a 6-5 shootout victory over the Calgary Flames on Jan. 11. He notched one assist in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres Jan. 13 and tallied two goals and one assist in a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Jan. 15. Playing in his sixth NHL season, the Kalajoki, Finland native has posted 33 points (10 goals, 23
assists) in 38 games.SECOND STAR – PATRICE BERGERON, C, BOSTON BRUINS
Bergeron notched seven points (four goals, three assists) in four games as the Bruins (24-13-7, 55 points) won three of four starts to move into first place in the Northeast Division. Bergeron opened the week by notching two assists in a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jan. 10. He recorded a hat trick in a 6-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators Jan. 11, followed by a one goal, one assist effort in a 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Jan. 13. In his seventh NHL season, all with the Bruins, the native of Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, leads his club in scoring with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 44 games.THIRD STAR – ILYA BRYZGALOV, G, PHOENIX COYOTES
Bryzgalov posted a 3-0-0 record, 2.00 goals-against average and .938 save percentage as the Coyotes (23-13-9) climbed to fourth place in the Western Conference standings. Bryzgalov stopped 91 of 97 shots last week, beginning with a 37-save performance in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 11. He recorded 28 saves in a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 13 and stopped 26 shots as the Coyotes defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Jan. 15. The 31-year-old native of Togliatti, Russia improved his season record to 17-8-6 with a 2.56 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and two shutouts in 33 appearances.