– Toronto Maple Leafs
center Mats Sundin
, Boston Bruins
goaltender Tim Thomas
and Philadelphia Flyers
right wing Mike Knuble
have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending March 2.
FIRST STAR -- MATS SUNDIN, C, TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS Sundin video
Sundin tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) as the Maple Leafs posted a record of 3-0-1. Sundin notched the game-winning goal in a 5-0 win over the Ottawa Senators
Feb. 25 and tallied two goals and one assist in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers
Feb. 27. On Feb. 29, Sundin recorded one assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning
and finished the week by notching one goal and two assists in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals
Mar. 1. Sundin increased his career goals total to 552, moving him past Michel Goulet
(548) and Ron Francis
(549) into 22nd place on the all-time goals list.
SECOND STAR – TIM THOMAS, G, BOSTON BRUINS Thomas video
Thomas went 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average, .962 save percentage and one shutout, stopping 75 of 78 shots as the Bruins (35-23-6, 76 points) moved to sixth place in the Eastern Conference. He made 22 saves in a 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators
Feb. 26, recording his sixth career NHL shutout. On Feb. 28 he stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins
and finished the week by stopping 26 of 28 shots in a 3-2 shootout win over the Atlanta Thrashers
Mar. 1. Thomas has posted a 23-14-4 record, 2.36 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts in 45 games this season.
THIRD STAR -- MIKE KNUBLE, RW, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS Knuble video
Knuble recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) as the Flyers posted a record of 3-0-1, improving to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 33-25-8 for 74 points. On Feb. 25, he tallied two assists in a 4-3 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres
and followed that by notching two goals, including the game-winner in a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators
, Feb. 28. On Mar. 1, he recorded one goal and two assists in a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders
and finished the week by recording one assist in a 5-4 shootout loss to the New York Rangers
. Knuble is fourth in Flyers scoring with 48 points (25-23--48).