Panthers forward, Kings center Jeff Carter, Oilers goalie Cam Talbot earn weekly honors
NEW YORK — Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr , Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 25.
FIRST STAR – JAROMIR JAGR, RW, FLORIDA PANTHERS
Jagr led the League with five assists in three games to move into second place in all-time NHL scoring (755-1,134-1,889 in 1,664 GP) and power the Panthers (15-14-6, 36 points) to three out of a possible six standings points. He registered his 252nd career three-point performance and 59th career three-assist game – in a 4-3 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres Dec. 20 – to tie Mark Messier (694-1,193-1,887 in 1,756 GP) for second place on the League’s all-time points list. Jagr then collected one helper, in a 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins Dec. 22, to move past Messier and into sole possession of second place in all-time NHL scoring. He finished the week with another assist in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings Dec. 23. The 44-year-old Kladno, Czech Republic, native – who ranks second on the Panthers with 6-15-21 in 35 outings this season – also places third in NHL history in goals (755), fourth in games played (1,664) and sixth in assists (1,134).
SECOND STAR – JEFF CARTER, C, LOS ANGELES KINGS
Carter paced the NHL with five goals in three contests to lift the Kings (17-13-4, 38 points) to four out of a possible six standings points. He scored twice in regulation – and also found the back of the net in the shootout – during a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Dec. 20. Carter added one goal in a 4-0 triumph over the Nashville Predators Dec. 22 before capping the week with two more – his fifth multi-goal effort of the season – in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Dallas Stars Dec. 23. The 31-year-old London, Ont., native shares second place in the NHL with 19 goals and also leads the Kings with 29 points in 34 games this season.
THIRD STAR – CAM TALBOT, G, EDMONTON OILERS
Talbot went 2-0-1 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .926 save percentage to backstop the Oilers (18-12-6, 42 points) to five out of a possible six standings points. He made 25 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory against the St. Louis Blues Dec. 19, 34 stops in a 3-2 triumph over the Arizona Coyotes Dec. 21 and 28 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks Dec. 23. The 29-year-old Caledonia, Ont., native is tied for fourth place in the NHL with 17 wins in 32 appearances this season to go along with a 2.52 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and three shutouts.