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Ovechkin, Elliott, Stepan named 'Three Stars' for April

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The NHL announced Monday that Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin, St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott and New York Rangers center Derek Stepan were named the league's "Three Stars" for the month of April.

Ovechkin led the NHL with 14 goals and 22 points in 13 games as the Capitals went 11-1-1 in April and won their fifth Southeast Division title in the last six years. He scored in nine of his 13 games, including four multi-goal efforts and got his 12th career hat trick on April 6 at the Florida Panthers.

Ovechkin's 14 goals set an April record and he received his third Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as NHL's top goal-scorer. He finished third in the league with 56 points and played in all 48 games.

Elliott was 11-2-0 in April with a 1.28 goals-against average, .948 save percentage and three shutouts as the Blues ended up with the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

His strong month included three consecutive shutouts and he allowed one goal or fewer in 10 of his 13 appearances. His 11 April wins set a Blues record and his three straight shutouts tied a franchise mark that he also tied last year.

Elliott is 14-8-1 this season with a 2.28 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.

Stepan was second in the league in April with 19 points (eight goals and 11 assists) and had a plus-14 rating in 14 games. He tallied points in 12 of 14 his games, including seven multi-point games. He also had three game-winning goals.

In 48 games this season, he led the Rangers with 26 assists, 44 points, a plus-25 rating and six game-winning goals.
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