– Washington Capitals
left wing Alex Ovechkin
, Pittsburgh Penguins
goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury
and Detroit Red Wings
left wing Johan Franzen
have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the month of March.
FIRST STAR -- ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS Ovechkin video
Ovechkin led all NHL scorers in March with 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) and recorded a +17 rating in 14 games as the Capitals went 10-4-0 in pursuit of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Ovechkin recorded points in 11 of 14 games, including nine multiple-point performances. He recorded goals in nine contests, including his 50th of the season against Boston, Mar. 3. Two of his goals were game-winners, against Boston, Mar. 3 and Calgary, Mar. 12. On Mar. 21 in Atlanta, he became the first player to notch 60 goals in a season since Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux
and Jaromir Jagr
both did it in 1995-96. Entering play Tuesday night, Ovechkin leads the League in goals (62), points (109), power-play goals (21), game-winning goals (10) and shots (430).
SECOND STAR -- MARC-ANDRE FLEURY, G, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS Fleury video
Fleury posted a 9-1-1 record, 1.44 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 games as Pittsburgh (46-26-8, 100 points) moved into first place in the Eastern Conference. He allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of 11 games, including shutouts against Tampa Bay, Mar. 4 and New Jersey, Mar. 25. In 33 appearances this season, Fleury has posted a 18-9-2 record, 2.38 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and four shutouts.
THIRD STAR -- JOHAN FRANZEN, LW, DETROIT RED WINGS Franzen video
Franzen tied for eighth among NHL scorers for the month with 18 points (14 goals, 4 assists) and recorded six game-winning goals in 13 games. He recorded goals in 11 of 13 games and points in 12 of 13 games. He recorded the game-winning goal against Buffalo, Mar. 2, St. Louis, Mar. 5 and 25 and Nashville, Mar. 9, 20 and 30. Franzen has appeared in 69 games for the Red Wings, recording 36 points (26 goals, 10 assists) with a team-leading eight game-winning goals. The Red Wings went 10-2-1 in March, improving their NHL-best record to 52-20-7, 111 points as they look to win their sixth Presidents’ Trophy.