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Capitals star Ovechkin takes NHL's first star of the month award @NHLdotcom

NEW YORK - Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL's first star for the month of March.

He was followed by Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen. Ovechkin led all scorers with 26 points (14-12) in 14 games as the Capitals went 10-4-0 in pursuit of a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

Entering play Tuesday, Ovechkin led the league in goals (62), points (109), power-play goals (21), game-winning goals (10) and shots (430).

Fleury posted a 9-1-1 record with a 1.44 goals-against average, a .951 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 games for Pittsburgh.

In 33 appearances this season, Fleury has posted a 18-9-2 record, 2.38 GAA, .920 save percentage and four shutouts.

Franzen tied for eighth among scorers for the month with 18 points (14-4), with six game-winning goals, in 13 games. The Red Wings posted a 10-2-1 record for the month.

He has 36 points (26-10) in 69 games this season.

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