The fine play of Alex Ovechkin of late has earned him the honor of first star of the week for last week’s action. The Capitals captain led the NHL with seven goals and added two assists to give him nine points in just four games. During that span the Russian sniper picked up his twelfth career hat-trick in a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers. He followed that up with another fine performance, scoring two more goals in a 4-2 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. He is a big reason the Capitals have won four straight and currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference.
The second star of the week went to Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues. The blues netminder posted a perfect 3-0 record to go with a sparkling 1.45 GAA, a .952 save percentage and one shutout. Elliott’s fine play has given the Blues opportunities to win games and that is exactly what they are doing, having won four in a row since the trade deadline and leap frogged the Detroit Red Wings into seventh in the Western Conference.
Not to be outdone, New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist was named the third star of the week and could arguably have been the second star. He did post better numbers than Elliott by going 3-0-1 with a 1.22 GAA and a .962 save percentage. The only thing missing was the shutout that Elliott secured while Lundqvist was unsuccessful at posting the goose egg.
Like the two mentioned before him, Lundqvist is one of the main reasons why the Rangers now find themselves in a playoff spot, sitting in seventh but tied with their rival New York Islanders with 42 points.
It’s going to be a wild finish to the playoffs!