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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 12/12/2011

John Carlson named NHL third star of the week

Capitals’ second-year defenseman John Carlson was dubbed the third star of the week by the NHL after he racked up seven points in three games.

Through 28 games this year, Carlson sits third on the team with 20 points (5G, 15A) behind only Nicklas Backstrom (31 points) and Alex Ovechkin (21 points). He carries a plus-7 rating and is averaging 22 minutes and 45 seconds of ice time per contest.

Since Coach Dale Hunter took over in Washington, Carlson has one goal, seven assists in six games and he’s played no less than 23:30 in any single contest.

Calgary’s Jarome Iginla was named the NHL’s first star of the week while Minnesota goaltender Matt Hackett earned second-star honors. Check out the league’s release here.

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