From the NHL and the Washington Capitals:
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason, and Minnesota Wild left wing Guillaume Latendresse have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 17.
FIRST STAR – ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Ovechkin led all scorers with 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) for the week, helping the Capitals (30-12-6) move into first place in the Eastern Conference by winning three of four games. He began the week by recording two assists in a 7-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Jan. 12. The following night he notched one goal as the Capitals defeated the Florida Panthers 5-4 in a shootout. On Jan. 15, Ovechkin recorded one goal and a career-high four assists in a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. He closed the week by notching a penalty-shot goal and one assist in a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, Jan. 17. Ovechkin leads the Capitals in scoring and ranks second in the NHL with 64 points (30 goals, 34 assists) and leads the League in plus-minus with a +28 rating.
This is Ovechkin’s second “First Star of the Week” selection of the season and the 12th time in his five-year career he has been either Player of the Week or one of the three stars (three stars began in 2006-07). He was also named the Second Star for the month of October.
Other Caps Notes: As expected, defenseman John Carlson was returned to Hershey after practice on Monday so he could travel to Portland, Maine to play in the AHL All Star Game on Tuesday night. According to Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post injured defenseman Brian Pothier is still not healthy enough to be in the line-up but John Erskine appears ready to play on Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings. In addition, Tarik mentions in his Capitals Insider blog that GM George McPhee is mulling over whether to bring up defenseman Karl Alzner. Alzner now has enough games played in Hershey to be eligible to be sent down and play during the Olympic break in February.