NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask , New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal and Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec. 24.
FIRST STAR - TUUKKA RASK, G, BOSTON BRUINS
Rask started three of Boston's four contests, going 3-0-0 with a 1.30 goals-against average and .954 save percentage to guide the Bruins (19-10-5, 43 points) to a perfect week. He made 16 saves in a 7-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Dec. 18, followed by a season-high 37 stops - and three shootout saves - in a 2-1 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets Dec. 21. Rask then capped the week with 30 stops in a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Dec. 23. The 30-year-old Savonlinna, Finland, native owns an 11-8-3 record through 23 outings this season (2.28 GAA, .918 SV%, 1 SO). That includes an 8-0-1 clip in his last nine decisions dating to Nov. 29 (1.45 GAA, .946 SV%, 1 SO).
SECOND STAR - MATHEW BARZAL, C, NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Barzal posted six points, including a League-high four goals, in three games to power the Islanders (19-13-4, 42 points) to three out of a possible six standings points. He registered one assist in a 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings Dec. 19, 1-1-2 in a 5-4 overtime loss against the Anaheim Ducks Dec. 21 and his first career hat trick (including the game-winning goal) in a 5-2 triumph over the Winnipeg Jets Dec. 23. In doing so, Barzal became the 11th rookie in Islanders history to record a hat trick and first since 2010-11 (Michael Grabner ). The 20-year-old Coquitlam, B.C., native leads all rookies with 23 assists and 35 points through 36 contests this season.
THIRD STAR - JAMES REIMER, G, FLORIDA PANTHERS
Reimer stopped 106 of 110 shots, compiling a 3-0-0 record, 1.33 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and one shutout to propel the Panthers (15-16-5, 35 points) to a perfect week. He made 39 saves in a 3-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes Dec. 19, turned aside 29 shots in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild Dec. 22 and earned his 18th career shutout with 38 stops in a 1-0 triumph against the Ottawa Senators Dec. 23. The 29-year-old Morweena, Man., native is 9-9-4 with a 3.15 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and one shutout through 23 appearances this season.