The NHL announced on Monday that Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald was named the league's Third Star for November, after playing in 14 consecutive games this month and going 8-5-1.
"It feels great to be selected," said MacDonald. "There are a lot of players in the NHL and I'm thankful to be one of three. The guys have really played well in front of me all season and I'm just grateful for the opportunity to play. Ovechkin and Malkin are superstars in this league and it's an honor to be in the same category as them."
MacDonald, who entered the 2008-09 season with 17 career NHL appearances with Detroit, Boston and the Islanders over a seven-year pro career, has excelled in relief of Rick DiPietro
, who has been sidelined with a knee injury. In his 14 starts last month, MacDonald recorded a 2.64 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.
He led all goaltenders in games (14), minutes (842) and shots faced (439), and shared the lead in victories. The 28-year-old Pictou, Nova Scotia, native made a season-high 38 saves in a 3-2 victory over Ottawa Nov. 15 and out-dueled opposing goaltenders Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens in shootout victories on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, respectively.
Alex Ovechkin was named the month's First Star with 25 points in 14 games and Evgeni Malkin earned Second Star honors with 23 points in 12 games.JACKMAN AND FRITZ RECALLED FROM BRIDGEPORT ON EMERGENCY BASIS
One day after the Islanders recalled forward Mike Sillinger following his three-game conditioning stint with the club’s AHL affiliate in Bridgeport, the Isles made two other player moves. Right wing Tim Jackman—who had been sent to Bridgeport following Saturday night's game—was recalled to the Islanders, along with Mitch Fritz on an emergency basis.
Sillinger, 37, has missed the Islanders’ first 24 games of the season as well as the team’s final 29 games of the 2007-08 season recovering from microfracture hip surgery. In 134 games with the Islanders, Sillinger has scored 38 goals and added 45 assists for a total of 85 points.
The 18-year veteran has played in 1,042 career NHL games, tallying 238 goals and 308 assists for 546 points and 644 penalty minutes. Sillinger skated in three games during his conditioning stint at Bridgeport, logging one goal and three assists for four points. The Saskatchewan native was signed by the Islanders as a free agent on July 2, 2006.
In 11 games with the Islanders this season, Jackman has a goal and an assist for two points and 22 penalty minutes. The 27-year-old North Dakota native has played in 79 career NHL games, recording three goals and six assists for nine points and 126 penalty minutes. Jackman has also recorded six goals and one assist for seven points in 12 games with Bridgeport this season. He was signed by the Islanders as a free agent on July 5, 2007.
Fritz has played in nine games for the Islanders this season, recording 19 penalty minutes. The 28-year-old played in his first career NHL game on October 30th at Philadelphia. Fritz has also skated in seven games with Bridgeport this season, logging 12 penalty minutes. The British Columbia native was signed by the Islanders as a free agent on July 3, 2008. Listen
to Joey MacDonald on Hockey Night in Canada.