Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec, Ottawa forward Kyle Turris and Tampa Bay netminder Ben Bishop have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Mar. 22, the league announced on Monday.
Pavelec went 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and one shutout to help the Jets (37-23-12, 86 points) pick up three straight wins and maintain the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Turris led all players with four goals and shared first in the NHL with six points to power the Senators (36-24-11, 83 points) to three consecutive wins, moving the team within one point of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Bishop posted a 3-0-0 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and .935 save percentage to lead the Lightning (45-21-7, 97 points) to three straight victories, all against divisional opponents.
Quite the response from Pavelec who, you may recall, was under a fair bit of scrutiny two weeks ago. After it looked like Michael Hutchinson had emerged as Winnipeg’s No. 1, Pavelec let in an outrageous game-losing goal from center ice against St. Louis; the following day, he had a curious exchange with reporters in which he expressed frustration about how little he’d been playing.