Toews named top NHL player for February
NEW YORK -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has been named as the NHL's First Star for the month of February.
Toews, the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP, led all players with 21 points in the last 28 days (6G, 15A), adding a plus-13 rating as the Blackhawks finished the second month of 2011 with an 8-3-2 record.
Toews notched eight multi-point games during the stretch, with his best performance coming with a goal and two assists on February 1 in a 7-4 decision over division-rival Columbus. The native of Winnipeg also tallied three game- winning goals in victories over the Blue Jackets, Blues and Wild.
For the season, the Chicago forward has tallied 23 goals and 38 assists in 61 games.
Taking Second Star honors for the last month is Toews' former teammate Niemi, now the starting goaltender for the San Jose Sharks,
Niemi posted a 10-2-0 record with a 1.89 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and three shutouts over 13 games as the Sharks climbed to third place in the Western Conference.
The 27-year-old Finn, who posted road shutouts in back-to-back games against Boston and Washington and blanked Colorado at home on February 19, was rewarded with a four-year contract extension on Tuesday.
Third Star went to Devils netminder Hedberg, who filled in for the injured Martin Brodeur by going 7-1-1 with a 1.43 GAA and two shutouts over 10 appearances.