Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller
, Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending Mar. 27.
FIRST STAR -- RYAN MILLER, G, BUFFALO SABRES
Miller helped the Sabres (38-28-9) strengthen their hold on an Eastern Conference playoff berth by posting a 3-0-0 record, including two shutouts, a 0.67 goals-against average and .976 save percentage. Miller stopped 83 of 85 shots last week, beginning with a 31-save performance in a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Mar. 22. He recorded 22 saves in a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers Mar. 25 and finished the week by posting his fifth shutout of the season and 22nd of his NHL career in a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils Mar. 26. Miller improved his season record to 33-21-8 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 63 appearances. The 30-year-old East Lansing, Mich. native has won 220 career games with the Sabres, 14 shy of Dominik Hasek's franchise record. SECOND STAR -- COREY PERRY, RW, ANAHEIM DUCKS
|Corey Perry |
Perry tallied a League-leading five goals and ranked second in overall scoring with six points as the Ducks (42-28-5) climbed to seventh place in the Western Conference standings by winning two of three games. Perry recorded goals in each game, beginning with a single tally in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars Mar. 23. He recorded two goals and one assist in a 5-4 loss to the Nashville Predators Mar. 24 and notched both Anaheim goals in the third period, including the game-winner, in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Mar. 26. Perry leads the NHL in goals (44), shares the lead in game-winning goals (10) and ranks fifth in points (44-41--85). In his past nine contests, Perry has notched 17 points (13 goals, four assists), a +9 rating, five multi-goal games, four game-winning goals and two overtime goals. THIRD STAR -- HENRIK LUNDQVIST, G, NEW YORK RANGERS
|Henrik Lundqvist |
Lundqvist posted a 2-0-1 record, 0.32 goals-against average, .987 save percentage and two shutouts as the Rangers (41-30-5) moved closer to securing an Eastern Conference playoff berth by earning five of a possible six points. Lundqvist stopped 77 of 78 shots, beginning with a 22-save performance in a 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers Mar. 22. He recorded 29 saves in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators Mar. 24 and finished the week by making 26 saves in recording his League-leading 11th shutout of the season, a 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins Mar. 26. Lundqvist improved to 33-24-5 on the season with a 2.24 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. He has extended his NHL record by posting 30+ wins for the sixth consecutive season to start his career.