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Brown, Ward, Hemsky named 'Three Stars' of the week

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NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Brown, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and Edmonton Oilers right wing Ales Hemsky have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Jan. 25.

FIRST STAR -- DUSTIN BROWN, LW, LOS ANGELES KINGS Brown highlights 

Brown scored the game-winning goal in consecutive road games, helping the Kings (19-20-7, 45 points) move within six points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. He tallied the game-winner, posted a +3 rating and was named the game's first star in a 5-2 victory at Minnesota Jan. 20 and notched the winner, an assist and a +1 rating in a 6-5 win at Colorado Jan. 21. The Kings captain completed the week by making his first career NHL All-Star Game appearance Sunday at Montreal, posting an assist for the Western Conference in a 12-11 shootout loss to the Eastern Conference.

SECOND STAR -- CAM WARD, G, CAROLINA HURRICANES  Ward highlights

Ward stopped 67 of 68 shots in posting road victories on consecutive nights, lifting the Hurricanes (23-20-5, 51 points) to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference entering the All-Star break. He stopped 35 shots in recording his second shutout of the season and eighth of his NHL career in a 2-0 victory at Toronto Jan. 19 and made 32 saves in a 2-1 victory at Pittsburgh Jan. 20. Ward improved his season record to 18-14-3 with a 2.57 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 36 appearances.

THIRD STAR -- ALES HEMSKY, RW, EDMONTON OILERS
Hemsky highlights

Hemsky thoroughly dominated his lone game last week, recording two goals and two assists -- including the game-winning goal with 34.9 seconds remaining in regulation time -- in the Oilers' 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 20. He posted a +2 rating and was named the game's first star. The victory was the Oilers' fifth in six games and improved their record to 24-19-3, sixth in the Western Conference. "That was unreal, I haven't seen anything like that in a while," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said of Hemsky's performance. "Two goals and two assists. We've seen that before. But not where all four are world-class plays."
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