Just seven days after earning the league’s third star honors, Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson has been named the NHL’s first star of the week.
Anderson won all three of his starts last week — he’s now 8-0-1 over his last nine games — while posting a .970 save percentage. His week was highlighted by a 34-save shutout over the Rangers, though his other two victories (stopping 29 of 30 shots against Montreal and 33 of 35 against Pittsburgh) were almost as stellar. Thanks to Anderson’s play, the Senators now find themselves in fifth in the Eastern Conference and just one point back of Boston in the Northeast Division (granted, the Bs have five games in hand.)
Second star went to Chicago forward Viktor Stalberg. The 25-year-old Swede set a career high in goals (14) after scoring five times last week, including his first career hat trick in Chicago’s 5-2 win over Columbus. Stalberg’s week also included two game-winning goals against CBJ and Minnesota — he’s now tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (five) with Patrick Sharp.
Third star went to Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. He moved to within a point of Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin for the NHL scoring lead with a monster week — he had seven points in four games, though five of those game in an outstanding effort against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Malking scored a natural hat trick in the third period and assisted on two more Penguins tallies to bring his overall points total to 51.
Video: Canucks escape Arizona with another win for the moms
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.