A big Hockey Mom high-five to our own Alex Ovechkin, who was named one of the NHL's Stars of the Week after another stellar performance on Saturday night, where he netted all three of the team's goals including the very lovely shootout tally. And a stick tap to net minders Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes and Craig Anderson of the Colorado Avalanche, who have both led their teams to a scary hot start to the season!
From the NHL's press release:
NEW YORK (October 19, 2009) -- Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the week ending Oct. 18.
FIRST STAR -- ILYA BRYZGALOV, G, PHOENIX COYOTES
Bryzgalov stopped 70 of 73 shots in posting a 3-0-0 record with a 0.95 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and one shutout as the Coyotes improved to 5-2-0 and first place in the Pacific Division. Bryzgalov recorded 26 saves for his ninth career shutout in a 1-0 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks Oct. 12, stopped 22 shots in a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Oct. 15 and finished the week with 22 saves in a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins Oct. 17. Bryzgalov has won five of six starts this season, leading NHL goaltenders in goals-against average (1.14), save percentage (.953) and shutouts (two).
SECOND STAR -- CRAIG ANDERSON, G, COLORADO AVALANCHE
Anderson recorded four consecutive road victories with a 2.20 goals-against average and .928 save percentage as the Avalanche improved to 6-1-1 and first place in the Northwest Division. Anderson began the week with a sweep of Northeast Division opponents, recording 29 saves in a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins Oct. 12, turning aside 30 of 31 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Oct. 13 and making 29 saves in a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens Oct. 15. He finished the week by stopping 28 shots and two of three shootout attempts in a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Oct. 17. Anderson has started all eight games for the Avalanche this season, posting a 6-1-1 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and one shutout.
THIRD STAR -- ALEX OVECHKIN, LW, WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Ovechkin led all scorers for the week with six points (four goals, two assists) as the Capitals (4-2-2) gained five of six points and moved into first place in the Southeast Division. Ovechkin began the week by notching two assists in a 3-2 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 12. He recorded two goals in a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Oct. 15 and tallied two more plus the shootout winner in a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators Oct. 17. Ovechkin is the NHL leader in goals (nine), points (16) and shots (61) in eight games - all three on a pace significantly higher than his career average.
And HM is happy to report that both my boys have all of their appendages in tact and neither is sporting stitches or a shiner after their two teams met for the first time yesterday. One team beat the other pretty solidly (no details forthcoming as I have to play Switzerland here)
and I did see some smack-talking between the two the few times they were on the ice together (along with them trying to line each other up on the boards of course). But despite the lopsided loss, there were no punches thrown and the banter on the ride home was fairly light-hearted. Hey wait, who are you and where did you put my kids?