3rd Star, from the Washington Capitals, numero 8, Alex Ovechkin. Just another well-rounded week from Ovie. Three powerplay goals, two assists, two PIM, 19 shots, 10 hits and two blocked shots. He leads the league in shots (94) and is third in goals (13), so the minus-8 and seven assists are not difficult to overlook.
2nd Star, from the Anaheim Ducks, numero 15, Ryan Getzlaf. Four goals (two PPG), two assists, plus-5, two PIM, 13 shots, four hits, and three blocked shots, numbers made even more impressive as he missed yesterday's game with an injury and is listed as day-to-day. Despite a bit of a bad rep for injuries, he's missed only four games over the last two years, so hopefully he's back soon.
1st Star, from the Ottawa Senators, numero 40, Robin Lehner and, from the Anaheim Ducks, numero 31, Frederik Andersen. If you own either one of these guys, you ended up with three wins, four goals allowed, a 1.33 GAA and .958 save percentage. To be fair to Andersen, he did face one more shot than Lehner, but that was the only statistical difference between the two goalies. Weird. With Fasth and Hiller both healthy now, Andersen will be sent to the minors despite deserving more starts. And once Craig Anderson can play, Lehner will be sitting in favour of an inferior goalie. The pecking order in Ottawa sucks for Lehner owners, but if Anderson keeps blowing a tire, things could get interesting.
Rookie Star of the Week: Tomas Hertl. There were a few deserving candidates here: Torey Krug, (3 GP, 2+1=3, plus-2, 7 SOG, 2 hits, 3 blocks), Tyler Toffoli (2 GP, 2+2=4, plus-3, 6 SOG, 2 hits, 1 block), and Nick Bjugstad (4 GP, 1+2=3, plus-1, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 8 hits) all had excellent weeks, but we'll go with FHS favourite Hertl (2+3=5, 9 SOG, 7 hits). We could be hearing a lot more from Hertl this week as San Jose plays four times, including games in Calgary and Edmonton.
Breakout Star of the Week: Carl Hagelin. Since returning from a shoulder injury. Hagelin has been on fire with 4+4=8 and plus-7 in seven games. This week he had 2+3=5, plus-4, two PIM, seven shots. He's not seeing much PP time, but has been lining up regularly at ES with Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards, which is, you know, not a bad gig.
Breakdown of the Week: Let's go with the Sedin twins, who until this week were singlehandedly propping you up in a few categories. With Vancouver playing four games this past week, there was a lot to look forward to. Not so much - one assist each and a combined minus-8, and with the Canucks losing three of their last four, perhaps John Tortorella's pressers are about to take it up a notch. We can only hope.