Thomas leads NHL's Three Stars
NEW YORK -- Boston Bruins netminder Tim Thomas and New Jersey veteran goaltender Martin Brodeur, along with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 23.
Thomas earned First Star honours after going 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and one shutout last week. He stopped 106 of 110 shots overall, with a high of 43 saves in a 3-2 win at Carolina on Jan. 18. The native of Flint, Mich., notched his seventh whitewash of the season the day before with 31 saves in a 7-0 decision over the Hurricanes.
On the season, the 36-year-old is 23-4-6 with a 1.83 GAA and .945 save percentage for the Northeast Division leaders. Thomas will make his third straight All-Star appearance this coming Sunday in Raleigh.
Taking home the Second Star was Stamkos, who surged past the injured Sidney Crosby atop the league in goals and points during the course of the Bolts' four-game slate. He recorded a league-high five goals in Tampa's four victories, posting a pair of multi-goal efforts against Columbus on Jan. 18 and Atlanta on Jan. 20.
Rounding out the weekly winners was Brodeur, who recorded his finest week of the season by going 3-0-0 with a 1.34 goals-against and .949 save percentage. The 38-year-old future Hall of Famer recorded his fourth shutout of the season by stopping 23 shots in a 2-0 decision over Pittsburgh on Jan. 20.
Brodeur, who is just 10-18-2 on the year, has posted a 5-0-1 mark in his last six starts.