NEW YORK -- Atlanta Thrashers
left wing Ilya Kovalchuk
, Vancouver Canucks
goaltender Roberto Luongo
and Tampa Bay Lightning
center Vincent Lecavalier
have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for November.
FIRST STAR -- ILYA KOVALCHUK, LW, ATLANTA THRASHERS Kovalchuk highlights
Kovalchuk scored a League-leading 14 goals and added eight assists as the Thrashers posted a 7-5-0 record. He tallied goals in nine of 12 games, beginning the month with consecutive hat tricks against Ottawa Nov. 1 and Tampa Bay Nov. 3. He later tallied the overtime game-winner against Florida Nov. 13, registered a goal and an assist for his ninth multi-point game of the season Nov. 19 against Tampa Bay and posted his second four-point game of the campaign (two goals, two assists) in a 5-1 victory at Washington Nov. 21. Kovalchuk leads all NHL goal-scorers with 22 and ranks second to Lecavalier in overall scoring with 37 points (22-15--37).
SECOND STAR -- ROBERTO LUONGO, G, VANCOUVER CANUCKS Luongo highlights
Luongo posted an 8-2-2 record with a 1.56 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and four shutouts as the Canucks (14-10-2, 30 points) climbed to second place in the Northwest Division. Luongo allowed two goals or fewer in eight of 12 contests, concluding the month with three consecutive shutouts and a franchise-record shutout streak that ended Sunday at 210:34. The streak surpassed Luongo's prior best (182:37, Feb. 21-27, 2004 with Florida) and the Canucks' record of 184:20 set by Ken Lockett
(Mar. 29 to Apr. 4, 1975).
THIRD STAR -- VINCENT LECAVALIER, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Lecavalier highlights
Lecavalier led all NHL scorers in November with 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 14 games. He recorded points in 10 of 14 games and set a franchise record with an eight-game multiple-point scoring streak from Nov. 3-19. The last NHL player to record as long a streak was Pittsburgh's Jaromir Jagr
in 1996 (10 games). Lecavalier leads the NHL scoring race with 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists), four ahead of Kovalchuk and five more than Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby
(14-22--36) and Calgary's Jarome Iginla