SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) defenseman Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) has been named the NHL's "Third Star" of the week for the week ending Nov. 27. Ottawa's Craig Anderson and New Jersey's Mike Cammalleri were named First and Second Star, respectively.
THIRD STAR - BRENT BURNS, D, SAN JOSE SHARKS
Burns ranked first among defensemen with 2-4-6 in four outings as the Sharks (12-9-1, 25 points) won three of their four games to maintain second place in the Pacific Division. He posted 1-1-2 in a 4-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils Nov. 21. Fresh off signing an eight-year contract extension, Burns then collected multiple points in each of his next two appearances - two assists in a 2-1 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 23 and 1-1-2 in a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders Nov. 25 - before being held off the scoresheet in a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 26. The 31-year-old Barrie, Ont., native leads NHL defensemen and paces the Sharks with 8-12-20 in 22 games this season.
FIRST STAR - CRAIG ANDERSON, G, OTTAWA SENATORS
Anderson paced the NHL with four wins, compiling a 1.25 goals-against average, .960 save percentage and one shutout in four appearances to lift the Senators (14-7-1, 29 points) into second place in the Atlantic Division. He made 36 saves in a 4-3 victory over the League-leading Montreal Canadiens Nov. 22. Anderson then allowed one goal in each of his next two starts, recording 19 saves in a 3-1 triumph over the Boston Bruins Nov. 24 and 32 saves in a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Nov. 26. He closed the week by earning his 36th career shutout - via 33 saves - in a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers Nov. 27. The 35-year-old Park Ridge, Ill., native shares second place in the NHL with 12 wins and three shutouts in 17 outings this season (12-4-1) to go along with a 2.03 goals-against average and .936 save percentage.
SECOND STAR - MICHAEL CAMMALLERI, LW, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Cammalleri led the NHL with four goals and eight points to power the Devils (10-6-5, 25 points) to a 1-0-2 record in his three appearances. Playing in his first game since Nov. 8, Cammalleri (1-3-4) registered his sixth career four-point performance - and first since Feb. 13, 2013 - in a 5-4 shootout victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs Nov. 23. He added multiple points in each of his next two contests, picking up 1-1-2 in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings Nov. 25 and scoring twice in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 26. The 34-year-old Toronto native paces the Devils with seven goals and ranks second on the team with 14 points despite missing six of the club's 21 games this season.