PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 15: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates a goal against Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins by Maxime Talbot #27 (not shown) at 6:44 of the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 15, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Penguins 8-4. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Each Monday during the playoffs we'll take a look at the top fantasy performances of the week.
Three Stars of the Week
3rd Star, from the Pittsburgh Penguins, numero 18, James Neal... after being blanked in game one, Neal had a couple of helpers in game two before going ballistic in game three with a 2+1=3, plus-2, 12 PIM and 10 SOG performance. He did go minus-4 in game two but five points and 21 shots in three games gets him on the list. Enjoy it while it lasts.
2nd Star, from the Los Angeles Kings, numero 32, Jonathan Quick... three straight wins with 1.34 and .965 peripherals, and the Kings are on the verge of a huge upset. I'd be curious to know when (or if) this guy went in your playoff drafts this year. 113 players were picked before Quick in the FHS staff pool.
1st Star, from the Philadelphia Flyers, numero 28, Claude Giroux... hands up if you're in a pool where Giroux was drafted before Crosby and Malkin. Not likely. Giroux has torched the Pens so far with 4+4=8, plus-5, nine PIM, and 16 shots and the Flyers are on the verge of an unlikely sweep. Three of his points were shorthanded and six came in game two alone.
Dark Horse Pick of the Week: Dustin Brown (LOS) - of 17 writers polled over on Dobberhockey, only two picked LA to win the series. A few of us here at FHS posted our first round predictions and there were zero takers for the Kings. Brown has scored in every game so far and has 4+1=5, plus-2, four PIM and 19 shots on the series. Both his game two goals were shorthanded. Congrats if you are one of the few out there with Brown on your playoff roster.
Breakdown of the Week: Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) - seriously, there's no one even close to contending with Fleury for this dubious honour. Three games, three losses. .798 GAA. 6.34 SV%. How bad has he been? I'm in a league with some of the FHS guys where we subtract points for losses (minus 1) and goals against (minus 1 oer goal). Five days into the playoffs and I'm sitting at negative-2.7 points. And I mean my entire team - not just Fleury. On his own he's at a stunning minus-13.3 in this format.