Stempniak is NHL's No. 1 star for March

April 1, 2010 at 2:27 PM
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NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- Forward Lee Stempniak, who joined the Phoenix Coyotes less than a month ago, was selected the No. 1 NHL star for March, the league said Thursday.

Stempniak, Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard and Vancouver center Henrik Sedin were chosen by the NHL for player-of-the-month recognition.

Stempniak was traded to Phoenix from Toronto at the March 3 trading deadline and responded with a league-best 13 goals in 14 March games, nearly doubling his season goal total to 27. He had two goals in four different games.

Howard, a rookie, was 12-2-1 for the month, allowing 2.24 goals a game and saving almost 92 percent of the shots he faced. He had 33 saves in regulation and stopped 10 of 11 shootout attempts in a 1-0 victory March 27 against Nashville.

Sedin topped the NHL with 24 points last month, passing his previous career best of 82 points in a season early in the month. On March 13, he broke the franchise mark for career points by a center when he passed Thomas Gradin with his 551st career point.

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