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Smith, Karlsson and Stamkos are February’s three stars

Mar 1, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

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Phoenix goalie Mike Smith, Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, and Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos are the NHL’s three stars of the month for February.

Smith went 11-0-0 with a .952 save percentage, helping the Coyotes catapult into the Pacific Division lead. Note to the Flyers: his contract expires July 1, 2013.

Karlsson racked up seven goals and 11 assists in 12 games for the Senators, all but clinching the scoring title among defensemen. Despite some questionable play in his own end and minimal time on the penalty kill, he’s also right in the race for the Norris Trophy. (I’d still vote for Shea Weber, but Karlsson’s making a strong case.)

Speaking of trophies, winning the Rocket Richard Trophy seems inevitable for Stamkos. The Lightning sniper scored 11 times in February, increasing his league-leading total to 44, seven clear of Evgeni Malkin.

  1. velocirapist - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    The Flyers taunting is kind of silly because I’m sure Smith would be terrible in Philly too. He was anywhere from pedestrian to awful in TB. Tippett makes goalies look good, that’s it.

    • miketoasty - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Thus it was sarcasm and your new name will now be Sheldon.

  2. lsxphotog - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    I agree with all 3. They continue to be the driving force for their respective teams.

  3. miketoasty - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    You made my day with this Jason:

    “Note to the Flyers: his contract expires July 1, 2013.”

  4. danphipps01 - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I love this time of the year. Players start hitting their clutch buttons and everyone from the League’s superstars to completely unlikely heroes start tearing it up. Is anyone surprised Stamkos is still just as much of a scoring terror as usual? No. But MIKE SMITH? Man, nobody called that one. Love it!

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