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Jason Spezza, Pekka Rinne and Evgeni Malkin named NHL three stars of week

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Ottawa Senators fans celebrate as Jason Spezza (19) skates pass after his second goal of the night against Pittsburgh Penguins during NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Friday December 16, 2011. Spezza was named the NHL\'s first star of the week Monday after recording eight points in three games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand Author: The Hockey News

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Jason Spezza, Pekka Rinne and Evgeni Malkin named NHL three stars of week

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators was named the NHL's first star of the week Monday after recording eight points in three games.

Spezza had three goals and five assists to help the Senators post a 2-1-0 record last week.

Entering play Monday night, he leads Ottawa in scoring and ranks seventh in the NHL with 36 points, just three behind league leader Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was named the second star and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin took the third star.

Rinne posted three straight victories and made at least 35 saves in each start. He matched his season high with 39 saves plus three shootout stops in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 17.

Malkin also had eight points (5-3-8), including the seventh hat trick of his NHL career in an 8-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 17.

He has 12 points during a five-game scoring streak.

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