The NHL has announced the Three Stars of the Week. With the 2014 Winter Olympics underway, is it any surprise that the first two are Olympians. The third even has a lot of Olympic experience so maybe that has something to do with it.
The first star of the week is Montreal Canadiens‘ goaltender Carey Price. In three games this week, Price went 3-0-0 with a goals against average of 1.oo, a save percantage of .971 with one shutout during the week. In doing so, he helped the Canadiens climb back into a tie for third place in the Atlantic Division.
Price is one of the three goaltenders on Team Canada. Price is certainly hoping that this hot streak before the Olympics allows him to win the starting job for Team Canada. He is certainly doing better than Roberto Luongo.
The second star of the week is Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. He achieved a 2-0-1 record last week with a goals against average of 1.32 and a save percentage of .947. Like Price, Lehtonen helped his team climb back into a playoff spot, this time the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.
While Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is the most likely starter for Team Finland, Lehtonen is surely showing that he is no slouch and could definitely help Finland should Rask under-perform or gets injured.
The third star of the week is the Boston Bruins right winger Jarome Iginla. He scored two goals and added 3 assists for five points and was a +5 in Boston’s three games this past week.
For the first time since 1998, Iginla will be watching the Olympic games rather than participating in them. I’m sure his body will appreciate the rest this time around.