Dwayne Roloson named NHL’s number one star of the week

This week’s edition of the NHL three stars of the week features a pair of names we haven’t seen come through much and one name we’ve seen virtually every week.

Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson walked away with this week’s top honors after going 3-0-0 with a 0.98 goals against average and a .972 save percentage in helping the Isles to go 4-0-1 over their last five games and getting the team out of last place overall in the NHL. Roloson’s outstanding play comes at a time when the Isles were showing little to no hope of doing something positive and now suddenly find themselves out of the basement being supplanted there by the Devils.

Roloson, who is 41 years-old, has had his name thrown around in trade rumors to help out a contending team in need of solid goaltending thanks to his play has been one of the few steady players in Long Island this season. Even though his overall record this year looks crummy (5-12-1) his save percentage (.920) and goal against average (2.38) say he’s been the reason the Isles have had any success at all. If Roloson is a candidate to be moved, you could see him earning a lot of interest elsewhere.

Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg took home the week’s number two star of the week after stepping up his play in the absence of Pavel Datsyuk. Zetterberg tallied three goals and four assists in helping the Red Wings win all three of their games in the past week. Zetterberg’s always consistent level of play will come under closer scrutiny now with Datsyuk out with a broken hand but for now, he’s the man leading the team in scoring with 13 goals and 27 assists over 35 games.

Unsurprisingly, Sidney Crosby earns the the league’s third star of the week. Crosby’s been a point producing machine all year in helping the Penguins to be one of the top teams in the league and over the past week he’s been no different. Sid the Kid had four goals and three assists in leading the Pens to a 3-1-0 record over the last week and extended his consecutive games with a point streak to 24 over that time. All Sid has done this year is lead the NHL in goals scored (30) and points (61) so far this year. Ho hum, another great season for one of the league’s top players.

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    The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

    The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

    The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

    Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

    The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

    The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

    Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

    The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.

    Lightning donate $2 million to Hurricane Ian relief efforts

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    TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

    The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.

    “This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”

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    Maple Leafs sign defenseman Rasmus Sandin to 2-year deal

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    TORONTO — Rasmus Sandin has signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced on Thursday.

    The 22-year-old from Sweden was the 29th overall selection in the 2018 draft. Sandin had 16 points in 51 games with Toronto last season. He’s played in 88 career regular-season games, with six goals and 22 assists, and has one goal in five playoff games.

    “Got a great set of tools,” fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “With experience, I think they’re only going to get better.”

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