Ovie One of League’s Three Stars for January

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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Nashville Predators forward J.P. Dumont and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of January.

FIRST STAR — ALEX OVECHKIN, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Ovechkin led all NHL scorers in January with 22 points (13 goals, 9 assists) in 13 games and recorded a +9 rating as the Capitals won nine games during the month. Ovechkin recorded points in 10 of 13 games, including a four-goal, one-assist effort in the Capitals 5-4 win against Montreal on Jan. 31. The four-goal game was his second of the season (Dec. 29 vs. Ottawa). Ovechkin took over the League lead in points (70) and goals (43) during the month. He has registered points in 32 of his last 36 games, averaging nearly a goal-per game during that stretch (34-20–54).

SECOND STAR — J.P DUMONT, NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Dumont registered points in each of the team’s 14 games during the month (6-14–20) as the Predators posted an 8-3-3 record. He figured in
20 of the Predators’ 48 goals during the month and had multi-point games in six of the 14 contests. He is in the midst of a career and franchise-record 16-game point scoring streak that began on December 29 with a goal against San Jose.

THIRD STAR — CRISTOBAL HUET, MONTREAL CANADIENS
Huet posted an 8-2-1 record, 2.40 goals-against average and one shutout in 11 games during the month. He improved his overall season record to 18-8-6 with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.

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2 Comments on “Ovie One of League’s Three Stars for January”

  1. Turk from Alaska Says:

    I’m submitting this for the Vog’s quote of the year award…

    “Where Are Ya Now? – Let’s hear again from the chorus of folks who claim that the 13-year contract extension signed by Ovechkin earlier in the month is out of line for whatever lame reason…”

    Of course “Come In Off The Ledge” is a close second!

    ~Turk

  2. Luc Bertrand Says:

    Ovie continues to demonstrate why he deserves his 13-year pactole with the Washington Capitals. His figures are simply awesome, nobody can argue. But the main thing is the show he provides to Caps fans and real hockey lovers night after night. I don’t remember of anybody else with such a drive, despite a meagre cast around him for two years.

    I watched yesterday’s game at RDS (Montreal broadcasting TV station for sports). Montreal’s commentators are making fun on the back of Washington hockey fans, former referee Ron Fournier saying hockey is about 12th in ranking for DC sports buffs, after dart or sand pocket throwing. At least, former NHL coach Jacques Demers recognizes (for now) Ovie as the Number One star of NHL and former Montreal Canadiens forward Benoît Brunet judges Ovechkin has more merit than Sydney Crosby as he creates his scoring chances by himself, but I know most Montreal so-called hockey experts see Crosby as the true NHL best overall player.

    I don’t agree with these latters. Get Evgeny Malkin and Georges Laraque out of the Pens roster and Nicklas Backstrom (or Michael Nylander) and Donald Brashear out of the Caps lineup and you’ll see very quickly who will be the most consistent on the scoresheet and popular with the fans.

    Congratulations again to the Caps management for not having taken the risk of letting Alex try to test the free agent market. Let’s do the same with Backstrom, Green, Schultz, Semin, Steckel, Fleischmann, Laing and Motzko.


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