Mike Halford

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates with Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators after the Senators scored against the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on November 24, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Craig Anderson is the NHL’s first star of the week

Last week, Devan Dubnyk became the first goalie in Wild history to post three straight shutouts.

And Shea Weber scored five points and a pair of game-winning goals.

Terrific performances, sure, but here’s guessing everybody — even Dubnyk and Weber themselves — appreciates who got the NHL’s first star of the week.

Craig Anderson, who returned to the Senators after learning of his wife’s cancer diagnosis, put forth a remarkable effort Sunday night, turning aside all 37 shots faced against Edmonton for an emotional 2-0 victory.

Fittingly, he was named No. 1 star on Monday.

From the league:

Anderson stopped all 59 shots he faced to post a 2-0-0 record and guide the Senators (5-3-0, 10 points) to third place in the Atlantic Division. He made 22 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 25.

Anderson then took a leave of absence following the cancer diagnosis of his wife, Nicholle, but returned with a 37-save shutout in a 2-0 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers Oct. 30. The 35-year-old Park Ridge, Ill., native has earned consecutive shutouts for the third time in his career – and first time in nearly a year (Nov. 19-21, 2015).

He owns a 5-1-0 record with a 2.46 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and two shutouts in six appearances this season.

More: ‘What a team is all about’ – Sens, Oilers on Anderson’s night

Anderson’s return came after Sens backup Andrew Hammond was injured just minutes into Friday’s loss in Calgary, a game in which 22-year-old AHL recall Chris Driedger was thrown into action — and allowed four goals on 15 shots.

On Saturday, Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion held an emotional presser in which he announced Nicholle’s cancer diagnosis, adding that she asked her husband to return to the team.

After 22 days and two games, Frk waived by Carolina

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 23: Martin Frk, 49th overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings, looks on during day two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Upon claiming Martin Frk off waivers from Detroit earlier this month, ‘Canes GM Ron Francis praised the youngster’s offensive production in the AHL, saying Frk “has been a goal scorer at every level.”

That didn’t translate to the NHL level.

On Monday, the ‘Canes put Frk on waivers after he appeared in just two games for the club, going pointless while averaging just over eight minutes of ice time per. He last dressed in a 4-2 loss to Detroit on Oct. 25.

Taken 49th overall by those same Red Wings at the 2012 draft, Frk has indeed been a good minor league scorer. He had 23 goals in 29 games for ECHL Toldedo two years ago, and 27 in 67 games for the Griffins last season.

Problem is, Frk just hasn’t shown enough to warrant a full-time roster spot. The ‘Canes are expecting d-man Ryan Murphy (lower body) to be healthy and available soon, meaning Frk became the odd man out.

Should he clear, he’ll be back to the AHL — though this time, with Carolina’s affiliate in Charlotte.

In praise of Victor Rask

ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 11:  Victor Rask #49 of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on during a game against the Anaheim Ducks  at Honda Center on December 11, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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It’s been a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good start to the year for Victor Rask.

Rask, Carolina’s No. 1 center, has 10 points through his first eight games. What’s more, he’s had at least one in every contest, putting him within spitting distance of GM Ron Francis’ franchise-record point streak (Francis went 11 straight to start the ’84-85 campaign).

Rask’s playmaking ability has been a major catalyst in Jeff Skinner‘s season — Skinner sits tied for second in the league with 11 points, despite only playing seven games — and, slowly but surely, the talented Swede is turning heads around the league.

He’s turning his teammates’ heads, too.

“He’s pretty slippery,” veteran winger Lee Stempniak said, per the Raleigh News & Observer. “I’ve been very impressed. He’s a lot better than maybe I had appreciated.”

It’s not overly surprising Rask’s enjoying a breakout campaign.

Or that, prior to this, he flew under the radar.

This is just his third NHL season. He doesn’t play in a marquee market, he’s only 23 years old and while he was a decorated junior — winning gold and silver at the WJC with Sweden, starring for WHL Calgary — he lasted until the 42nd overall pick in his draft year.

But there were signs Carolina had found something special.

Rask avoided a sophomore slump in ’15-16, posting a career-high 21 goals while leading the club in power-play points. He also shouldered a heavy workload, appearing in 80 games while averaging just under 17 minutes per night.

Another sign? This past summer, when Francis signed Rask to a six-year, $24 million extension.

There were a few surprised onlookers, because of the raise — Rask went from making less than a million to $4M annually — and the term caught some off-guard as well, since Rask was a RFA with just two campaigns under his belt.

But Francis knew what he wanted — get Rask locked in for the long haul.

“He is a big part of this team’s present and future,” Francis said at the time. “We are thrilled to sign him to a longer-term deal.”

Rask’s skillset is impressive. The playmaking ability and vision are important — just ask Stempniak, as Rask has assisted on each of his last three goals — but his shooting ability is crucial, too.

Rask has a terrific wrister, which makes both him and the shot-happy Skinner a dual threat every time they’re on the ice.

Related: Carolina has a talented young blueline, too

Charges against Evander Kane to be dropped — if he stays out of trouble

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 01: Evander Kane #9 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up to play the Edmonton Oilers at First Niagara Center on March 1, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jen Fuller/Getty Images)
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If Evander Kane can avoid any further legal issues for the next six months, the trespassing and harassment charges stemming from a Buffalo bar incident will be dismissed and sealed.

That was the news out of a Buffalo courtroom on Monday morning, as Kane received an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, after being arrested and charged in July for allegedly grabbing three women by the hair and neck.

More, from WGRZ Buffalo:

Kane was originally charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass, non-criminal disorderly conduct and four counts of non-criminal harassment. The arrest and charges were in connection to an incident at Bottoms Up.

Three women claim Kane grabbed them. A male bouncer at Bottoms Up told police he was grabbed by Kane as he told him to leave the establishment.

Kane, currently sidelined with a rib injury, didn’t speak during or following Monday’s court appearance. His attorney, Paul Cambria, briefly met with reporters.

“This is an appropriate disposition, and it’s not unusual for a non-criminal violation,” Cambria said. “Evander has steadfastly maintained that he did nothing wrong, and that position hasn’t changed.”

Journeyman Tlusty signs in Finnish League

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 11: Jiri Tlusty #9 of the New Jersey Devils plays against the Detroit Red Wings at the Prudential Center on December 11, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Red Wings 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Jiri Tlusty has found work, agreeing to terms with Finnish club side Karpat, the club announced on Monday.

Tlusty, 28, spent last season in New Jersey, scoring two goals and four points in 30 games before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery in January.

Tlusty caught on with the Devils on a training camp PTO, then parlayed that into a one-year deal.

Prior to his time in New Jersey, the Czech winger had bounced around a few different organizations to varying degrees of success. Picked 13th overall by Toronto in 2006, Tlusty spent four seasons in Leafs organization before moving to Carolina, where he enjoyed the finest campaigns of his NHL career — including the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, in which he scored 23 goals and 38 points in 48 games.

At the ’15 deadline, Tlusty was acquired by Winnipeg and went onto appear in 20 regular-season games for the Jets (scoring eight points), as well as four playoff games.

This new deal with Karpat comes just weeks after Tlusty tried to crack the Avs on a training camp PTO, but was cut loose after failing his physical.