NEW YORK, N.Y. - Anaheim Ducks centre Ryan Getzlaf was named NHL first star of the month Friday after leading all players with 20 points in December.
Getzlaf had at least one point in 12 of Anaheim's 14 games last month. He had five goals and 15 assists over the stretch.
Chicago Blackhawks right-winger Patrick Kane was the second star and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was the third star. Kane had 17 points in 13 games while Bobrovsky went 9-1-1 with one shutout and a 2.14 goals-against average.
Also Friday, Calgary Flames left-winger Johnny Gaudreau was named NHL rookie of the month.
He led all rookies with eight goals and 13 points in December. Winnipeg Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson and Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman were also considered for the honour.