Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom and Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 24.

Ovechkin led the NHL with five goals and eight points in four games, stretching his season-long scoring streak to five games (6-3—9). He scored in a 2-1 loss to the Penguins March 19, Ovechkin's 14th goal in his last 12 regular-season visits to Pittsburgh. He then totaled five points in back-to-back games at Winnipeg, posting 1-2—3 in a 4-0 victory March 21 and two goals in a 6-1 win March 22. Ovechkin capped the week with one goal and one assist, plus the opening goal in the shootout, in a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers March 24. The 27-year-old Moscow native leads the Capitals with 16 goals in 32 games this season and ranks second on the club with 31 points.