Tomas Vokoun makes a save on New Jersey forward Zach Parise in Florida's 4-0 win on Tuesday, February 17th. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
NEW YORK (Feb. 23, 2009) -- Philadelphia Flyers center Mike Richards, Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Feb. 22.
FIRST STAR -- MIKE RICHARDS, C, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Richards led all NHL scorers with eight points (three goals, five assists) in two games. He began the week by posting single-game career highs with five points (two goals, three assists) and a +5 rating in a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Feb. 19 and tallied his League-leading seventh shorthanded goal of the season and added a pair of assists in a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Feb. 21. The 24-year-old Flyers captain leads his club in assists (37) and hits (106) and shares the club lead in points (23-37--60) and plus-minus (+23).
SECOND STAR -- TOMAS VOKOUN, G, FLORIDA PANTHERS
Vokoun recorded a pair of shutouts and stopped 115 of 118 shots in three games, lifting the Panthers (30-21-8, 68 points) to seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. He stopped all 36 shots in a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils Feb. 17, made 38 saves in a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 19 and concluded the week by making 41 stops for his sixth shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins Feb. 21. Vokoun improved his season record to 20-17-3 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 44 appearances. THIRD STAR -- CRISTOBAL HUET, G, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Huet posted a 3-1-0 record and stopped 103 of 109 shots, helping the Blackhawks (34-16-8, 76 points) strengthen their hold on the #4 seed in the Western Conference. He stopped 20 shots in defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Feb. 17, made 31 saves in recording his third shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory at Florida Feb. 19, turned aside 30 of 31 shots in a 3-1 victory at Dallas Feb. 21 and made 22 stops in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild Feb. 22. Huet has posted a 17-11-3 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 32 games this season.