Lehtonen, Jokinen, Budaj named NHL's Three Stars of the Week

Mar 5, 2007 - 7:36 PM NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Atlanta Thrashers have climbed back into contention in the Southeast Division thanks to Kari Lehtonen's heroics between the pipes.

Lehtonen was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday, one day after the Thrashers moved into a tie atop the division standings.

Florida Panthers captain Olli Jokinen was named Second Star while Colorado Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj received Third Star.

Lehtonen led Atlanta to wins in all three games last week, posting a 1.67 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage. He capped his stellar weekend by making 35 saves in Sunday's 3-1 victory over reigning champion Carolina.

The second overall pick in the 2002 draft, Lehtonen is 28-19-8 with a 2.84 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 56 games this season for the Thrashers (34-23-10), who are tied with Tampa Bay (37-26-4) for first place in the Southeast.

Jokinen tied for the league lead with five goals and also registered an assist in pacing the Panthers to a 3-0-0 record last week. The Finnish center recorded his third hat trick of the season in Tuesday's 6-5 victory over Washington.

Budaj also won all three starts last week, registering a 1.97 GAA and a .926 save percentage. The Slovakian netminder stopped 31 shots in Sunday's 4-3 overtime triumph over the Detroit Red Wings.

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