Alex Ovechkin celebrates his goal against the Sabres on Dec. 30. (Jonathan Newton/WASHINGTON POST)

Ovechkin has scored six goals in the last six games and after the recent outburst has reclaimed Washington’s lead in goals (16). He sits second on the team in total points with 31, trailing only Nicklas Backstrom (39).

Joining Ovechkin as the NHL’s stars of the week were Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, who was named first star after he scored six goals in three games, and Los Angeles netminder Jonathan Quick, who was named third star after positing a 1.33 goals-against average and .958 save percentage in three wins.