Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk and St. Louis Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak have been selected as the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending March 11.
Bryzgalov put together his best seven-day period this season, going 4-0-0 with three shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.49. He blanked Washington on 34 saves, Florida with 28 stops and held down the fort against Toronto with 29 saves in regulation in a 1-0 shootout decision on Saturday night.
For the season, the resurgent Russian is 27-13-6 with a 2.59 GAA, a save percentage of .907 and five shutouts.
Kovalchuk received Second Star honors after exploding for nine points (five goals, four assists) in four contests. His best performance was reserved for Sunday, in a 4-1 win over the Flyers, where he posted a goal and two assists. The 28-year-old tallied his 30th goal of the season in the victory, marking the ninth straight season he reached the plateau.
Third Star went to Halak, who allowed three goals in his three starts last week, yielding single scores to the Blackhawks, Ducks and Blue Jackets. He lowered his GAA to 1.82, good for second-best in the NHL.