-- Columbus Blue Jackets
left wing Rick Nash
, Detroit Red Wings
defenseman Brian Rafalski
and Carolina Hurricanes
goaltender Cam Ward
have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Jan. 4.
FIRST STAR -- RICK NASH, LW, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS Nash highlights
Nash led all NHL scorers for the week with nine points (two goals, seven assists), helping the Blue Jackets (18-17-4) post three wins in four road games. He recorded one goal and one assist in a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings
Dec. 29, notched one assist in a 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks
Dec. 31 and posted a season-high four points (one goal, three assists) and a +4 rating in a 6-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche
Jan. 2. Nash finished the week by notching a pair of assists in a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues
Jan. 3. The Blue Jackets captain leads the club in scoring with 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 39 games.
SECOND STAR -- BRIAN RAFALSKI, D, DETROIT RED WINGS Rafalski highlights
Rafalski recorded six points (one goal, five assists), including five in Detroit's home-and-home sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks
, as the Red Wings (26-7-5) went 3-0-0 and increased their Central Division lead to eight points. He recorded two assists in a 4-0 home victory over the Blackhawks Dec. 30, tallied a goal and two assists in the 6-4 win over Chicago in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic 2009 at Wrigley Field on New Year's Day and posted one assist in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild
Jan. 3. Rafalski ranks third among NHL defensemen in scoring this season with 31 points (five goals, 26 assists) in 38 games.
THIRD STAR -- CAM WARD, G, CAROLINA HURRICANES Ward highlights
Ward posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average and .944 save percentage, helping the Hurricanes (20-15-5) climb to seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. He made 20 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers
Dec. 31, stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues
Jan. 2 and posted 17 saves in a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning
Jan. 3. Ward improved his season record to 15-9-3 with a 2.45 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and one shutout in 28 games.