3rd Star, from the Washington Capitals, numero 52, Mike Green... there's a zombie movie in here somewhere, as Green is truly back from the dead. He's been on fire for a while now, but I imagine this week's performance won a few H2H championships. Two goals, three assists, four PIM, 16 shots, three PPP, eight hits and eight blocks.
2nd Star, from the Detroit Red Wings, numero 40, Henrik Zetterberg...the Wings were a lot of fun to watch this week, as it seemed Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk basically decided to make the playoffs, and then made it so. Dats had a nice eight point week, but Zetterberg outdid him with two goals (1 SHG, 1 GWG), eight assists, plus-6 and16 shots,
1st Star, from the Detroit Red Wings, numero 35, Jimmy Howard... he ran the table, winning all four of his starts (two of them shutouts) with sterling 0.75 / .969 peripherals. Before this season, pundits everywhere assumed Howard would falter without Nicklas Lidstrom anchoring the D, but instead he improved his save percentage (.920 > .923) while his GAA stayed the same at 2.13.
Rookie Star of the Week: Nail Yakupov. Jonathan Huberwho? Yakupov's week started slow, with no points against the Ducks, but he then scored one, two and three goals in his next three games to take over the rookie goal scoring lead (17-14) from Huberdeau and finish tied with Hubs for rookie points at 31. Considering Yakupov averaged almost two-and-a-half minutes less ice time than Huberdeau, I think I'd throw my Calder vote behind Yakupov. If I had one, which I don't.
Breakout Star of the week: Lars Eller. The whole year has been a bit of a breakout for Eller, as he finished with 30 points in the shortened season - two more points than last year's 28 in 77 games. But he really turned it on last week, with two goals, four assists, plus-5 and nine hits over three games.
Breakdown of the Week: please chip in with your own suggestions if you have them, but I'm going with Ondrej Pavelec and the Jets for blowing a tire and missing the playoffs after such a great run over the previous few weeks. The Jets have become one of my favorite teams to watch, and it would have been killer to see them in the playoffs.
That's it for this year. Enjoy the playoffs!