Calgary winger Jarome Iginla captures NHL first star of week honours

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jarome Iginla’s eight-point performance has earned the Calgary Flames captain the NHL’s first star of the week honours.

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Andrej Sekera was named the second star, while Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price claimed the third star.

Iginla topped NHL scorers last week with five goals and three assists as the Flames (35-24-9) posted three victories in four starts and climbed to fifth place in the Western Conference.

Iginla scored in each game, beginning with two goals and an assist in a 6-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues. He had a goal and two assists in a 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, and notched one goal in a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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He concluded the week with a goal in a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators, his second-period goal coming on a penalty shot, making him just the 10th player in NHL history to score 30 goals in 10 or more consecutive seasons.

Sekera recorded one goal and seven assists to help the Sabres (32-25-8) earn seven of eight possible points and claim the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Price posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against average, .974 save percentage and one shutout as the Canadiens (36-23-7) rose to sixth place in the East.