New York, NY – For the second consecutive week, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov earned top honors, while Chicago Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford and Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat joined him as the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending March 18.
Bryzgalov finished the week with a 3-0-1 record and one shutout, and in a 3-2 victory over the Islanders on Thursday managed to set the Flyers' all-time record for scoreless hockey at 249 minutes, 43 seconds. John Vanbiesbrouck held the previous mark of 227:40, set in October of 1999.
The 31-year-old Russian improved to 8-0-1 with a 1.20 goals-against average, .960 save percentage and four shutouts since March 1.
Crawford received Second Star honors, going 3-0-0 and allowing only three goals total. He began the week by stopping all 18 shots he faced in relief of Ray Emery, allowing the Blackhawks to steal a 4-3 shootout win over the Blues on Tuesday, then posted wins in starts against Dallas on Friday and Washington on Sunday.
Third Star went to Erat, who recorded seven points (2G, 5A) in four games to help the Preds vault over the rival Red Wings into fourth place in the Western Conference. His best performance of the week came on Sunday, posting a goal and two helpers in a win over Phoenix.