NEW YORK – Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is the NHL’s first star of the week for the second time in three weeks.
He scored his 60th goal of the season last week and led all scorers with seven points in three games.
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala is the second star and Philadelphia Flyers centre Daniel Briere is the third star.
Ovechkin notched one goal and two assists in a 4-2 victory over Nashville last Tuesday to become the fastest NHL player to reach 300 career points since Peter Forsberg in 1997-’98.
Ovechkin had two goals and two assists in a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday, reaching the 60-goal mark for the first time since Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in 1995-96.
Toskala posted a 3-0-0 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and .940 save percentage as the Maple Leafs picked up three road victories. Briere recorded six points (3-3) to help the Flyers post three straight wins.