NEW YORK -- Washington Capitals
left wing Alexander Semin
, New York Rangers
goaltender Henrik Lundqvist
and Nashville Predators
defenseman Shea Weber
have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for October.
FIRST STAR -- ALEXANDER SEMIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS Semin video
Semin led all NHL scorers with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and posted a +7 rating in nine games as the Capitals went 5-3-1 in October. He recorded points in eight of nine games and goals in six contests. Semin recorded six multiple-point games -- one shy of his total for all of 2007-08 -- and matched the most points by a Capitals player through nine games (Dale Hunter
had 1-15--16 in 1991-92).
Semin began the season with multiple points in four of his first five games, including three points (one goal, two assists) on opening night in a 7-4 loss at Atlanta Oct. 10. He tallied a pair of goals in a 5-1 victory over Vancouver Oct. 13, notched 1-1--2 in a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh Oct. 16 and had two goals in a 4-3 shootout loss to New Jersey Oct. 18.
SECOND STAR -- HENRIK LUNDQVIST, G, NEW YORK RANGERS Lundqvist video
Lundqvist led all NHL goaltenders in victories and backstopped the Rangers to the top of the Eastern Conference by posting an 8-2-1 record with a 1.99 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. Lundqvist started 11 of the Rangers' 13 games in October and allowed two goals or fewer nine times, including a pair of 2-1 victories over the Tampa Bay Lightning
at the NHL Premiere series in Prague, Czech Republic Oct. 4-5. He made 30 saves in a 4-2 victory over Chicago in the Rangers' North American opener Oct. 10, posted a season-high 40 saves in a 5-4 loss at Detroit Oct. 18 and stopped 27 shots and all three shootout attempts in a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh Oct. 25.
THIRD STAR -- SHEA WEBER, D, NASHVILLE PREDATORS Weber video
Weber led all NHL defensemen in scoring with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and posted a +5 rating in 10 games, helping the Predators to a 5-4-1 record. He set career individual game highs with three assists, four points and a +5 rating in a 6-3 victory over Columbus Oct. 18 and tallied the game-winning goal, an assist and a +2 rating in a 3-1 victory over Edmonton Oct. 30. Weber also has earned a dramatic increase in ice time, going from a career-high 19:30 per-game average last season to 24:24 in 2008-09, including a season-high 28:46 in a 3-1 victory over Dallas Oct. 11.