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Legwand earns league honors

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators center David Legwand, Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco and Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Jan. 21.

Each Monday, the NHL will recognize three players who delivered the League's top performances over the past week.

FIRST STAR -- DAVID LEGWAND, C, NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Legwand led all NHL players in goals (five) and points (nine) in four games and tallied the game-winning goal in three contests as the Predators (34-12-3, 71 points) moved into first place in the League's overall standings. Legwand began the week by tallying the game-winning goal and adding two assists in a 5-3 victory over Calgary Jan. 15, notched the game winner and an assist in a 4-0 victory over Columbus Jan. 18 and completed the week by scoring his first career NHL hat trick, including the game winner, and an assist in 6-3 win over Chicago Jan. 20. Legwand's third goal of the game was the 97th of NHL career, making him Nashville's all-time goal-scoring leader, surpassing Scott Walker's 96. The Predators' first Entry Draft selection in franchise history (second overall in 1998), Legwand already has matched his career high for goals (18) and ranks third in club scoring (18-24--42 in 46 games).

SECOND STAR -- MARTY TURCO, G, DALLAS STARS

Turco provided a lift for the injury-hampered Stars and established a franchise milestone by posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.30 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage, turning aside 63 of 67 shots. He recorded 20 saves in a 3-1 victory over Los Angeles Jan. 15, made 18 saves and notched his fourth assist of the season in a 4-2 victory over Calgary Jan. 17 and blocked 25 of 26 shots, plus seven of nine shootout attempts, in a 2-1 victory at Minnesota Jan. 20. With the win, his 161st with Dallas, Turco moved into first place on the Stars' all-time victories list, passing Ed Belfour. He will represent the Western Conference at Wednesday's NHL All-Star Game in Dallas, his fourth career All-Star appearance.

THIRD STAR -- EVGENI MALKIN, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

 Malkin ranked second in League scoring for the week with eight points (two goals, six assists) in three games as the Penguins (21-17-8, 50 points) improved to eighth place in the Eastern Conference. He recorded an assist in a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders Jan. 16, notched a pair of goals in a 5-4 shootout loss at Boston Jan. 18 and tallied a career-high five assists in an 8-2 victory over Toronto Jan. 20. Malkin leads the NHL's rookie scoring race with 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists) in 42 games and has posted points in each of his past five contests. He will represent the Eastern Conference at Tuesday's NHL YoungStars Game in Dallas.

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