Calgary forward Jiri Hudler and a pair of goalies — Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov and the New York Rangers’ Cam Talbot — have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Mar. 8, the league announced on Monday.
Hudler paced the NHL with eight points and shared the League lead with four goals to help the Flames (36-25-5, 77 points) earn seven out of a possible eight standings points.
Varlamov went 3-0-0 with a 0.69 goals-against average, .981 save percentage and one shutout to power the Avalanche (30-25-11, 71 points) to three straight wins.
Talbot posted a 2-0-1 record with a 0.99 goals-against average, .965 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Rangers (40-17-7, 87 points) to five out of a possible six standings points.
Hudler’s performance is doubly impressive given the timing — last Monday, the Flames announced captain and Norris candidate Mark Giordano was lost for the season with a torn biceps tendon, which many saw as a death blow to their playoff chances.
But Hudler, now serving as a full-time alternate captain, did all he could to keep the Flames right in the thick of the playoff chase with his scoring spree. As a result, Calgary currently sits in third in the Pacific Division with 77 points, two up on fourth-place Los Angeles.