March 15, 2009
No. 1 star, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils:
A storybook night it was on Saturday for Martin Brodeur. The Montreal native tied the all-time wins record, held by Patrick Roy, with his 551st victory. Brodeur needed to make only 22 saves to win for the seventh time in eight games since returning from an injury that cost his 50 games. Brodeur managed his 551 wins in 986 games compared to Roy needing 1,029 with Montreal and Colorado. Brodeur has a league-record seven 40-win seasons to Roy's one. Brodeur is better in terms of goals-against average (2.20-2.54), save percentage (.914-.910) but lags well back in terms of playoff victories – Roy has a league-record 151 versus Brodeur's 95.
No. 2 star, Olli Jokinen, Calgary Flames:
Olli Jokinen continued his fast start with his new team, but his three goals and five points were wasted during a regulation loss at Toronto. Jokinen, with eight goals and 10 points in six games since his trade from Phoenix, scored power-play goals in each of the first two periods and added his 30th of the season at even-strength late in the third to pull the visitors within one. A plus-1 with five shots on goal, Jokinen had two hits, two takeaways and won four draws during 23:57 of ice time.
No. 3 star, Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals:
Alexander Semin extended his personal-best scoring streak to nine games with one goal and three assists in Washington's shootout victory over the Hurricanes. Semin assisted on the Capitals' two first-period goals, then added one of his own on the power play early in the second period. He finished his night with another assist, accounting for a point on all four of Washington's goals during regulation. Semin, one of two Caps to convert in the shootout, has seven goals and nine helpers during his current consecutive-game points streak.
Honorable mention: Pekka Rinne had 18 saves for his seventh shutout of the season as the Predators beat the Coyotes. … Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Kopecky and Brett Lebda scored on consecutive shots during a 46-second span of the second period to boost the Wings past the Blues. … Jonathan Cheechoo scored in the seventh round of the shootout as the Sharks edged the Kings. … John-Michael Liles scored the OT winner after providing assists on Colorado's two regulation goals. ... Phil Kessel scored his 30th goal of the season and the Bruins remained tied with the Wings for first overall in the league. … Aaron Asham scored two goals and Marty Biron made 39 saves to enable Flyers' coach John Stevens to win his 100th game. … Brett Sterling scored the Thrashers' shootout winner hours after getting promoted from the minors. … Alexei Ponikarovsky's 200th NHL point was among his four assists for the victorious Maple Leafs. … David Booth's two goals and three points were wasted in Florida's shootout loss. … Niklas Grossman scored his second goal in 138 career games for Dallas in overtime. …
Dishonorable mention: St. Louis has lost its last five meetings at home against division-rival Detroit. … Calgary surrendered 27 goals on the last stops of a seven-game trip. … The Wild look pretty mild over their last 10 – 2-4-4 isn't much of a late-season playoff push.