Each Monday during the playoffs we'll take a look at the top fantasy performances of the previous seven days.
Three Stars of the Week
3rd Star, from the New York Rangers, numero 21, Derek Stepan... points are what we like, and Stepan had more than any other player this week with 1+4=5 in three games. After nothing in the first five games of the playoffs, he had a hand in all three Rangers goals in game six against the Senators, followed by an assist in each of his next two games. In accepting this award, Stepan would like to thank Claude Giroux and the Flyers for playing only one game this week.
2nd Star, from the New York Rangers, numero 30, Henrik Lundqvist... a week ago, the Rangers were down a game and facing elimination in game six against the Senators. Lundqvist clutched up to win games six and seven and followed that by beating the Capitals to start the second round. He had a 1.33 GAA and .944 SV% on the week.
1st Star, from the Phoenix Coyotes, numero 41, Mike Smith... this was a really close battle with Lundqvist for 1st Star, as both goalies went 3-0 and had excellent peripherals (Smith with a 1.86 GAA and .947 SV%). But let's give 1st Star to Smith for A) facing 42(!) more shots than Lundqvist and B) scoring the extra shutout points in blanking Chicago 4-0 in game seven of that series.
Dark Horse Pick of the Week: Antoine Vermette (PHO). This is a borderline pick as I would imagine pretty much no one has Vermette rostered. but hey, I guess that's the nature of a good dark horse pick. Vermette had his worst regular season since 05-06, with a measly 11+26=37 in 82 games. He's now tied for fourth overall in playoff goals (5) and points (8), with 2+2=4, plus-3 and two PIM in three games this week.
Breakdown of the Week: Pekka Rinne (NAS). After allowing only nine goals on 151 shots to dispatch the Red Wings in five games, Rinne blew a tire against the Coyotes, allowing four goals in game one and another five in game two for a horrific combined 4.10 GAA and .847 SV%. Rinne's teammate Alexander Radulov wasn't too far behind here as he's been floating like Filatov the last couple of games.