– San Jose Sharks
center Joe Thornton
, Nashville Predators
goaltender Dan Ellis
and Boston Bruins
center David Krejci
have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending March 30.
FIRST STAR – JOE THORNTON, C, SAN JOSE SHARKS Thornton video
Thornton tied for the lead among all scorers with eight points (seven goals, one assist) in four games as the Sharks (48-21-10, 106 points) clinched the Pacific Division title for the third time in franchise history. Thornton notched three goals and one assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Phoenix Coyotes
, Mar. 25 and tallied two goals, including the overtime game-winner, in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars
, Mar. 27. He was held pointless in a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks
, Mar. 28 and finished the week with two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-1 victory over Phoenix, Mar. 30. Thornton leads the Sharks and is fifth overall in League scoring with 93 points (28-65--93) in 79 games. His 65 assists place him first in the NHL ahead of Boston’s Marc Savard
and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk
, each with 63.
SECOND STAR – DAN ELLIS, G, NASHVILLE PREDATORS Ellis video
Ellis posted a 2-0-1 record with a 0.33 goals-against average, a .991 save percentage and two shutouts as the Predators (39-31-9, 87 points) kept their playoff hopes alive with five of a possible six points. In back-to-back starts against the Columbus Blue Jackets
he made 36 and 43 saves, recording his fifth and sixth shutouts of the season as the Predators won 3-0, Mar. 25 and 2-0, Mar. 28. He finished the week with a 35-save effort in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings
, Mar. 30. Ellis set a franchise record with a scoreless streak of 233:39 that began Mar. 22 against Chicago and ended with the overtime goal in Detroit. Ellis has appeared in 42 games posting a record of 22-10-3, with a 2.28 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and six shutouts. .
THIRD STAR – DAVID KREJCI, C, BOSTON BRUINS Krejci video
Krejci tied for the League lead among scorers with eight points (three goals, five assists) as the Bruins (40-28-11, 91 points) gained seven of a possible eight points in the race for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. On Mar. 25, he recorded one goal and one assist in a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs
and notched two assists in the return meeting with the Maple Leafs, a 4-2 victory on Mar. 27. Krejci tallied one goal and two assists in a 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators
, Mar. 29, and finished the week by recording one goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres
, Mar. 30. In 53 games for the Bruins, Krejci has recorded 26 points (6-20--26).