Washington Capitals\' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, skates onto the ice before the beginning of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, in Washington. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Luis M. Alvarez)
NEW YORK - Washington Capitals left-winger Alex Ovechkin was named first star of the week Monday after opening the NHL regular season with a pair of three-point games.
The reigning league MVP had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Ovechkin added a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
He finished the week with a plus-4 rating.
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson was named second star and St. Louis Blues centre Keith Tkachuk took the third star.
Anderson posted a 2-0-0 record last week with a 1.00 goals-against average, .973 save percentage and one shutout.
Tkachuk opened the season by recording four points (two goals, two assists) in the Blues' two-game sweep over the Detroit Red Wings in Stockholm, Sweden.