-- Washington Capitals
left wing Alex Ovechkin
, Toronto Maple Leafs
goaltender Vesa Toskala
and Philadelphia Flyers
center Daniel Briere
have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending March 23.
FIRST STAR -- ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS Ovechkin video
Named the NHL's 'First Star' for the second time in three weeks and for the third time this season, Ovechkin led all scorers with seven points (three goals, four assists) in three games as the Capitals (37-31-8, 82 points) won two of three games to start their six-game road trip. Ovechkin notched one goal and two assists in a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators
Mar. 18, becoming the first player in franchise history to record multiple 100-point seasons and the fastest NHL player to reach 300 career points since Peter Forsberg
in 1997-98. Ovechkin closed the week with two goals and two assists in a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers
Mar. 21, reaching the 60-goal mark for the first time in the NHL since Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux
and Jaromir Jagr
in 1995-96. Ovechkin leads the League in goals (60), points (106), power-play goals (21), game-winning goals (10) and shots (410).
SECOND STAR -- VESA TOSKALA, G, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS Toskala video
Toskala posted a 3-0-0 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and .940 save percentage as the Maple Leafs (35-31-10, 80 points) kept their playoff hopes alive with three road victories. He stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders
Mar. 18, made 35 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres
Mar. 21 and closed the week with a 32-save effort in a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators
Mar. 22. Toskala has posted a record of 32-22-6 with a 2.60 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and three shutouts in 62 appearances this season.
THIRD STAR -- DANIEL BRIERE, C, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS Briere video
Briere recorded six points (three goals, three assists) as the Flyers (38-28-10, 86 points) posted three consecutive victories and climbed to seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Briere notched one assist in a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers
Mar. 18, tallied two goals in a 4-3 shootout win over the New York Rangers
Mar. 21 and notched one goal and two assists in a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders
Mar. 23. Briere ranks second on the Flyers in scoring with 68 points (29 goals, 39 assists) in 75 games.