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Blackhawks goalie Crawford NHL's weekly first star; Edmonton's Hall second star

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Goaltender Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks was named the NHL's first star of the week on Monday.

Crawford won all three of his starts for the week with a 0.33 goals-against average, .989 save percentage and two shutouts to help the Blackhawks climb into second place in the Central Division.

He stopped 36 of 37 shots in a 4-1 win over Nashville on Dec. 8. Crawford then earned a pair of shutouts, making 25 saves in a 2-0 victory over Winnipeg on Dec. 11 and 30 saves in a 4-0 triumph over Vancouver on Dec. 13.

The 30 year old from Chateauguay, Que., shares the NHL lead with four shutouts in 2015-16, owns a 15-7-2 record in 24 appearances (2.23 GAA, .924 save percentage), including four straight wins.

Edmonton left-winger Taylor Hall was the second star with three goals and three assists, including two game-winning goals, to help the Oilers complete a perfect 5-0-0 homestand with a pair of victories.

Defenceman Justin Faulk was third star with three goals and three assists to lead Carolina to a pair of wins in three starts.

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