Monday, February 23, 2015
NHL Three Stars Of Week
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin and Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 22.
FIRST STAR – JONATHAN QUICK, G, LOS ANGELES KINGS
Quick went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .959 save percentage to backstop the Kings (28-18-12, 68 points) to three consecutive victories, including a 2-1 triumph over the rival San Jose Sharks in the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. He opened the week with 21 saves in a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Feb. 16. Quick then recorded 42 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 18. He capped his performance with 31 saves during the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Feb. 21, becoming the first goaltender in Kings history to reach the 200-win milestone. Quick also extended his – and the team’s – winning streak to seven games (1.86 GAA, .934 SV%). It marks the third time in his career that Quick has posted at least seven consecutive victories, also: Jan. 21 – Feb. 6, 2010 (9-0-0) and Oct. 23 – Nov. 13, 2010 (7-0-0). The 29-year-old Milford, Conn., native has appeared in 50 games this season, compiling a 24-15-10 record with a 2.43 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and three shutouts.
SECOND STAR – HENRIK SEDIN, C, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Sedin registered four consecutive multi-point games and shared the League lead with eight points as the Canucks (34-22-3, 71 points) won three of four starts. He posted 1-1—2 in a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild Feb. 16. Sedin then scored twice, including the tying marker with 2:00 remaining in regulation, in a 5-4 shootout triumph against the New York Rangers Feb. 19. He closed the week with a pair of two-assist performances: in a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils Feb. 20 and in a 4-0 win over the New York Islanders Feb. 22. Sedin became the first Canucks player to notch four straight multi-point performances since Mikael Samuelsson Feb. 1-7, 2011 (4-5—9). Sedin also has accomplished that feat two previous times: Dec. 2-12, 2009 (0-13—13 in 6 GP) and Dec. 31, 2009 – Jan. 7, 2010 (2-8—10 in 4 GP). The 34-year-old Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, native shares third in the NHL with 42 assists this season and paces the Canucks with 54 points in 59 games, four more than his total in 2013-14 (70 GP).
THIRD STAR – MAX PACIORETTY, LW, MONTREAL CANADIENS
Pacioretty shared first in the NHL with four goals and a +6 rating to lead the Canadiens (38-16-5, 81 points) to five out of eight possible standings points. He tallied 1-1—2 in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Feb. 16. Pacioretty then registered one point in each of his next two games, finding the back of the net in a 4?2 loss to the Ottawa Senators Feb. 18 and picking up one assist (and scoring in the shootout) in a 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers Feb. 19. He capped the week with a pair of goals, including the game-winning marker, in a 3-1 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets Feb. 21. The 26-year-old New Canaan, Conn., native leads the Canadiens and shares sixth in the NHL with 29 goals in 59 games this season. He also paces the League with a +33 rating, while his seven decisive markers are one off first place.