The NHL has released the three… or four stars of the week, Tomas Hertl grabs the first star, Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Semyon Varlamov share the second star, and Sidney Crosby grabs the third star of the week. At least I’m assuming that’s how that works. If not, oh well, because that’s how I’m going to do this.
Tomas Hertl, 19 year old forward from the Czech Republic blew away everyone last Tuesday with his four goal night against the New York Rangers. Hertl added his seventh goal of the season against Ottawa on Saturday night to give him five goals in three games. He’s +5 this week, and added 13 shots on goal. Hertl is still really young, and obviously full of talent, but is he just a quick spark that will go out eventually? Or can he keep this up all season? Either way, we can turn our attention to what Joe Thornton will do if he gets named the NHL’s first star.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere came in and played his first game of the season last week on Thursday in Boston. Giguere handed the Bruins their first loss of the season shutting them out 2-0. Giguere was a monster in net, stopping all 39 Boston shots on the night. The Colorado net will share the star of the week, because Varlamov has been outstanding in net so far this season as well. Varlamov has given up only one goal in all four games he’s played in this season. This last week he stopped 67 of 69 for a save percentage of .971%. The Colorado netminders have now stopped a total of 167 of 171 shots this season. That’s a save percentage of .977, and that’s all I have to say about that.
Sidney Crosby earned the third star of the week this week for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby scored three goals and had four assists in three games this week. All three goals came on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning when Crosby netted a hat trick and added an assist in the Penguins fourth win of the season. Crosby looks like he’s back in full form for the Penguins so far this season.