3rd Star, from the Montreal Canadiens, numero 76, P.K. Subban...five assists, plus-3, three PPP, four PIM, seven hits, seven blocks, seven shots, fuck off. If you haven't yet done yourself the favour, make a point of watching an entire Canadiens game and key in on Subban. For my money, he's the most dynamic, entertaining player in the game right now. His 82-game pace is an absurd 26G, 56A, plus-33, 67 PIM, 236 SOG, 54 PPP, 110 hits, and 105 blocks.
2nd Star, from the New York Rangers, numero 30, Henrik Lundqvist... five goalies earned three wins this week, but Lundqvist had the best GAA (1.22), SV% (.962), and the most saves (126). He finished off his week with a 48-save win vs. Carolina, after which John Tortorella said, "that's the best I've seen him play since I've been here". Which is a pretty nice way to thank a guy for saving your job.
1st Star, from the Washington Capitals, numero 8, Alex Ovechkin... seven goals, two assists, 20 shots, seven hits, plus-5, two PPG and two GWG. It is madness to think of the bargain basement prices at which Ovie was acquired during the lockout. The prolonged slump / injury plague may actually be over in Washington, as Backstrom and Ovie are clicking like old times, and even the insufferable Mike Green might be back for good, although I doubt that very, very, very, very, very much.
Rookie Star of the Week: Brandon Saad. Yeah, Nail Yakupov (3+2=5, 1 PPG, 1 GWG) is the glamour pick here, but Saad's been ROTW runner-up for a few weeks now so it's time to show him some love, Plus, his multi-cat performance was arguably better than Yakupov's. They each had three goals, but Saad came out ahead in +/- (plus-3 vs. plus-1), shots (11-8), hits (5-2) and blocks (3-0), while Yakupov won assists (2-1), PIM (2-0) and as mentioned above, had a GWG and PPG where Saad's three goals were all of the non-special (but still special) variety.
Breakout Star of the Week: Matt Carle. Really? Matt Carle? Someone please pick a better breakout player than this. Yeah, he had only three points in the 19 games prior to this week, when he
fluked into exploded for 1+5=6 in four games. His seven hits / seven blocks were a nice touch too, but Matt Carle? Really? I just don't like it.
Breakdown of the Week: Dustin Byfuglien / Tobias Enstrom. Speaking as an owner of both of these gentlemen, PLEASE MAKE IT STOP. Four games, no points, minus-4 each, and it's like they were so in awe of Matt Carle, they couldn't shoot straight. Get your shit together, boys. This isn't Laurel and Hardy, This isn't Wayne and fucking Shuster. And you're not Matt Carle, and he'll never be you.