THORNTON, PRICE AND FISHER NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK (November 23, 2009) — San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Ottawa Senators center Mike Fisher have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Nov. 22.
FIRST STAR — JOE THORNTON, C, SAN JOSE SHARKS
Thornton led all scorers last week with eight points (two goals, six assists) and posted a +3 rating, helping the Sharks (16-5-4) win two of three games and remain at the top of the NHL overall standings. Thornton tallied multiple points in each contest, beginning with a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators Nov. 17. He tied a Sharks’ single-game record with four assists in a 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Nov. 20, reaching the NHL Milestone of 600 for his career, and completed the week by notching the game-winning goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 21. Thornton increased his season points total to 32 (seven goals, 25 assists) in 25 games. He leads all players in assists and ranks second in points.
SECOND STAR — CAREY PRICE, G, MONTREAL CANADIENS
Price posted a 2-0-1 record with a 1.89 goals-against average and .940 save percentage, helping the Canadiens improve to 11-11-1 on the season. Price stopped 30 shots and all six shootout attempts in a 3-2 victory over Carolina Nov. 17, capped by a highlight-reel save on the Hurricanes’ Matt Cullen to seal the win. He made 32 saves in a 3-2 victory at Washington Nov. 20, withstanding a Capitals surge in which they outshot the Canadiens 27-8 over the final two periods, and closed the week by stopping 32 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Price has rebounded from an early-season six-game losing streak by posting a 4-2-1 record with a 1.94 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in his past seven appearances.
THIRD STAR — MIKE FISHER, C, OTTAWA SENATORS
Fisher tallied six points (two goals, four assists), posted a +5 rating and won 65.5% of his face-offs (36 for 55) as the Senators (11-6-3) won three consecutive games and moved within one point of the Northeast Division lead. Fisher scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Nov. 17, recorded three assists in a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Nov. 19 and notched one assist in a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 21. Fisher ranks second on the Senators in scoring with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 20 games, on pace to easily surpass his single-season high of 48 points in 2006-07.