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Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo named NHL first star of week @NHL

NEW YORK - Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was named the NHL's first star of the week Monday after posting three straight shutout victories.

Luongo made 24 saves in a 4-0 win over Nashville last Tuesday, stopped 28 shots in a 1-0 victory over Phoenix last Thursday and turned aside 29 shots in a 2-0 win over Minnesota on Saturday.

Luongo, who has blanked the opposition in four of his past six starts, enters Wednesday's game against Colorado with an active shutout streak of 201 minutes eight seconds.

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason was named second star and another netminder, Brent Johnson of the Washington Capitals, was the third star.

Mason was 3-0-0 last week with a 2.61 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in the first three starts of his NHL career.

Johnson had a 2-0-1 mark with a 1.63 GAA and .953 save percentage.

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