Edmonton Oilers right winger Ales Hemsky
has been named one of the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending January 25, 2009.
Hemsky was named the League’s third star for his efforts as he thoroughly dominated his lone game last week, recording two goals and two assists -- including the game-winning goal with 34.9 seconds remaining in regulation time -- in the Oilers’ 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 20th. He was +2 and was named the game’s first star. The victory was the Oilers’ fifth in six games and improved their record to 24-19-3, sixth in the Western Conference.
“That was unreal, I haven't seen anything like that in a while," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said of Hemsky’s performance. “Two goals and two assists. We've seen that before. But not where all four are world-class plays.”
Since returning to the lineup on January 18th after missing 10 games (Dec. 30-Jan. 16) with a concussion, Hemsky has scored six points in two games. He netted two goals in Edmonton’s 6-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on January 18th.
On the season, Hemsky leads the Oilers in scoring with 14-37-41 in 36 games and is ranked among the NHL leaders in powerplay assists (3rd with 18), powerplay points (10th with 2-18-20) and shootout deciding goals (5th with two).
Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown was named the NHL’s first star and Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes was the second star.
The Edmonton Oilers 30th Anniversary Season is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Bell, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial and Ford.