HEW YORK – Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane , Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 10.
FIRST STAR – PATRICK KANE, RW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Kane led all skaters with five goals and added an assist as the Blackhawks picked up three wins to continue their torrid start to the season (10-0-2, 22 points). He began the week with two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-3 victory at the San Jose Sharks Feb. 5. Kane netted another pair of goals and recorded his 10th helper of the season in a 6-2 win at the Phoenix Coyotes Feb. 7. He closed the week with his ninth goal of the year in 3-0 triumph at the Nashville Predators Feb. 10. The 24-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., native has points in six consecutive games (7-3—10), including goals in five straight, and is second in the League with 19 points (9-10—19). In 411 career NHL games, all with Chicago, the former No. 1 overall pick (2007) has 135-253—388.
SECOND STAR – JAMIE BENN, LW, DALLAS STARS
Benn recorded six points (4-2—6), including two game-winning goals, in three games to help the Stars (6-5-1, 13 points) move into eighth place in the Western Conference. He opened the week with two scores, including the winner, and an assist in a 3-2 victory at the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 4. Benn then scored and assisted on the overtime winner in a 3-2 triumph at the Edmonton Oilers Feb. 6. He finished the week with a goal – another winner – in his third straight game, a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Feb. 8. In seven games this season, the Victoria, B.C., native is second on the Stars with seven points (4-3—7). Benn has played his entire four-year NHL career with Dallas, totaling 74-93—167 in 229 games.
THIRD STAR – MARTIN BRODEUR, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Brodeur went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .942 save percentage as the Devils moved into first place in the Eastern Conference (8-1-3, 19 points) with four straight wins. He recorded 24 saves in a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers Feb. 5 and another 17 stops in a 4-2 triumph against the Tampa Bay Lightning Feb. 7. Appearing in his 1,200th career game, Brodeur closed the week with 24 saves as the Devils picked up the first of a pair of 3-1 wins over the Pittsburgh Penguins Feb. 9. The 40-year-old has played in nine games this season, posting a 6-1-2 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. In 19 career NHL seasons, all with New Jersey, Brodeur leads all goaltenders with 662 wins and 120 shutouts.
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