The NHL announced Monday that Washington Capitals left wing Alex
Ovechkin, Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom and Toronto Maple
Leafs center Nazem Kadri were named the league's "Three Stars" of the week.
Ovechkin led the league with five goals and eight points in four games. He has scored in five straight games overall. He combined for five points in back-to-back games at the Winnipeg Jets. He had a goal and two assists on Thursday and two goals on Friday.
Ovechkin leads Washington with 16 goals in 32 games and is second with 31 points.
Backstrom went 3-0-0 last week with a 1.00 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and one shutout as the Wild extended their win streak to a season-best five games. He combined for 104 saves over last week's games, including a season-high 36 against the host Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.
Backstrom is second in the NHL with 16 wins this season with a 2.23 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 25 games.
Kadri tallied seven points in three games with three goals and four assists. He had a career-best three assists and had a plus-3 rating in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. He followed that up with two goals and an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
Kadri leads Toronto with 34 points in 32 games. He is tied for the team lead with 14 goals and 20 assists.