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Evgeni Malkin is the NHL’s First Star of the Week…again

Mar 26, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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For the fifth time this season, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has been named one of the NHL’s stars of the week.

This week, Malkin was named first star (his second such honor — he’s also received a second and two thirds) after scoring nine points in four games, keeping the Pens within one point of first in the Eastern Conference. Malkin did the majority of his damage with a five-point effort (2G-3A) in an 8-4 win over Winnipeg, followed up by scoring twice in a 5-1 win over Nashville (he also scored two points in a 5-2 win over New Jersey).

The 2008-09 scoring champ how leads the NHL with 46G-51A-97PTS and could be the league’s lone 100-point scorer on the season.

Second star went to Buffalo’s Ryan Miller. The former Vezina winner led the NHL with four wins while posting a 1.26 GAA and .956 save percentage as the Sabres drew even with Washington for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Miller stopped 24 of 27 shots in a 7-3 win over Tampa Bay, recorded his career-high sixth shutout against Montreal (34 saves), stopped 26 of 27 against the Rangers and then 24 of 25 against the Wild. With one more win Miller will hit 30 for the season, marking his seventh consecutive season of 30 wins or more.

Third star went to Washington’s Alex Ovechkin. He led the league with six goals as the Caps earned six of a possible eight points to stay ever-so-slightly ahead in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. As a result, Ovi is now tied for fourth in the NHL with 36 goals and has scored in five straight contests, one of his best stretches of the season.

  1. rsl22 - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    OV could easily finish 3rd in goal scoring despite Backstrom missing 40+ games and playing on a line with Keith Aucoin.

    It’s pretty crazy that he’s been so widely criticized. I’m one of the ones that has criticized him, but 3rd in goal scoring still puts things in perspective.

    • govtminion - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      The past couple of weeks have sure helped his cause. But, on the flip side, one can’t help but wonder how many goals he’d have if he’d been doing this effort since October.

      • rsl22 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        …at least happy he’s on the right path. Ryan Miller will be a huge test on Tuesday.

  2. GenoPringles - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Most Valuable Pringles-Can. Nothing can stop the game-changer that is Geno Malkin. I love how other teams are scoreboard watching trying to make sure they don’t have to face the franchise in the first round. Soupcan 3:15

  3. danphipps01 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    And yet, if Ovi had been putting out even half this level of effort over the WHOLE season, he’d be neck-and-neck with Stamkos for the Richard and his trainwreck of a team would be in third instead of winning (by a hair’s breadth) the race to hang on to eighth. I’ll give Ovechkin credit when he decides to work the WHOLE season instead of taking most of it off.

  4. fbothharbaughs - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Wonder if the Caps would still draft I’ve-never-won-anything Ovechkin over Geno if they had to do a redo?

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