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Lidstrom among December's top stars

Tuesday, 01.4.2011 / 1:39 PM ET / Press Release
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Lidstrom among December\'s top stars
NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo and Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the month of December.

FIRST STAR: SIDNEY CROSBY  
Crosby earned NHL First Star honors for the second consecutive month, leading all players with 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 13 games as the Penguins posted a 9-3-1 record. He tallied points in each of his first 12 games to extend his point streak to 25 games, the longest by an NHL player since Mats Sundin of the Quebec Nordiques notched a point in 30 consecutive games in 1992-93. Crosby tallied multiple points in eight games, starting with a natural hat trick in a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Dec. 2. He tallied a pair of goals each in victories over the Columbus Blue Jackets (7-2, Dec. 4) and Toronto Maple Leafs (5-2, Dec. 8) and recorded two goals, two assists and a season-high +3 rating in a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Dec. 28. The Penguins captain leads the NHL in goals (32) and points (65), on pace to set single-season highs in both categories.

SECOND STAR: ROBERTO LUONGO
Luongo posted a record of 8-1-1 with a 2.07 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and one shutout in 10 starts, backstopping the Canucks to the League's top record in December (11-1-2). Luongo allowed two goals or fewer seven times, highlighted by 32 saves in a 3-0 victory at Chicago Dec. 3 for his 53rd career NHL shutout. He concluded the month with a 35-save performance in a 6-2 home victory over Philadelphia Dec. 28, ending a 14-game winless streak against the Flyers in Vancouver. With an 18-8-3 record in 29 appearances this season, Luongo is on pace for his sixth consecutive 30-win season. The 31-year-old Montreal native also is 12 victories shy of becoming the 25th goaltender in League history to reach the 300-win milestone.

THIRD STAR: NICKLAS LIDSTROM
Lidstrom led all defensemen in scoring with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 16 games, helping the Red Wings remain in contention for first place in the Western Conference and overall League standings. Lidstrom posted a pair of four-point outings, his first on Dec. 15 against the St. Louis Blues when he notched his first career hat trick and added one assist in a 5-2 victory. He repeated the feat against the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 27, recording one goal and three assists in a 4-3 overtime win. Playing in his 19th NHL season, the Red Wings captain ranks second in scoring among NHL defensemen with 37 points (11 goals, 26 assists) in 39 games.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59