Ovechkin, Mrazek and Barrie are NHL’s three stars of the week

Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin, Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek and Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie have been named the NHL’s three stars for the past week.

From NHL.com:

Ovechkin tied for first in the NHL with five goals in four games to power the League-leading Capitals (32-7-3, 67 points) to four straight wins. … He capped the week by again scoring twice, including his 500th and 501st NHL goals, in a 7-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Jan. 10. In doing so, Ovechkin (801 GP) became the fifth-fastest player in NHL history to reach the 500-goal milestone, behind Wayne Gretzky (575 GP), Mario Lemieux (605 GP), Mike Bossy (647 GP) and Brett Hull (693 GP).

Mrazek went 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Red Wings (22-13-7, 51 points) to three straight wins for the week as well as their fourth consecutive victory overall, all on the road.

Barrie led all defensemen and shared second in the League with 3-3-6 in four games to lift the Avalanche (21-19-3, 45 points) to six of a possible eight points.

Ovechkin received even more praise this morning from Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.

“As a fan first and an owner second, we are lucky to have Alex in Washington,” Leonsis wrote in a blog post. “There are and have been a lot of great athletes in our city, but none like Alex. He’s a generational talent.”

Among active NHLers, only Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla have more career goals than Ovechkin. Jagr has 737 in 1,589 games; Iginla has 601 in 1,435. Ovechkin, as mentioned, has only played 801 games.

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