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Kovalchuk, Lundqvist and Gaborik named NHL 'Three Stars' of the Week

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NEW YORK -- Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Minnesota Wild right wing Marian Gaborik have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending November 4.

FIRST STAR -- ILYA KOVALCHUK, LW, ATLANTA THRASHERS Kovalchuk video
Kovalchuk Conference Call
 

Kovalchuk, who tallied hat tricks in consecutive road games, led NHL scorers for the week with seven points (six goals, one assist) as the Thrashers won two of three games. He tallied the shootout winner as Atlanta defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Oct. 29, recorded a hat trick in a 6-4 loss at Ottawa Nov. 1 and notched his second consecutive three-goal game in a 6-4 comeback victory at Tampa Bay Nov. 3. Kovalchuk shares the League goal-scoring lead with Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg (12) and ranks sixth in overall NHL scoring with 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in 14 games.

Before Kovalchuk...

Last player to post hat tricks in consecutive team games:
Alex Kovalev, Pittsburgh, 2001-02 (Nov. 13 at New Jersey and Nov. 14 vs. NY Islanders)

Last player to post hat tricks in consecutive team games, both on the road:
Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh, 1995-96 (Oct. 26 at NY Islanders and Oct. 28 at New Jersey)

SECOND STAR -- HENRIK LUNDQVIST, G, NEW YORK RANGERS Lundqvist video

Lundqvist posted a 3-0-0 record, 0.65 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout as the Rangers won three consecutive home games. He made 21 saves as the Rangers defeated Tampa Bay 3-1 on Oct. 29, notched his third shutout of the season (31 saves) in a 2-0 victory over Washington Nov. 1 stopped 28 of 29 shots and all three shootout attempts in a 2-1 victory over New Jersey Nov. 3. Lundqvist has appeared in each of the Rangers' 13 games this season, posting a 6-6-1 record with a 1.61 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and three shutouts.

THIRD STAR -- MARIAN GABORIK, RW, MINNESOTA WILD
Gaborik video

Gaborik made a successful return after missing two games with a groin injury, notching five points (three goals, two assists) in two contests. Gaborik recorded one goal and one assist in a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues Nov. 1 and tallied two goals and one assist in a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames Nov. 3.


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