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Jackets’ Bobrovsky named NHL’s first star of the week

Mar 11, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT


After recording four wins, a .972 save percentage and 0.77 GAA, Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was named the NHL’s first star of the week on Monday.

Bobrovsky, 24, started the week by relieving Steve Mason in a 4-3 shootout win over Edmonton, followed by a 34-save effort in a victory over Vancouver.

‘Bob’ then beat Detroit in consecutive games, posting 30 saves in a 3-0 win on Saturday — the first shutout of his NHL career — before stopping another 21 shots in a 2-1 OT win on Sunday.

Second star of the week went to Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.

Crosby led all skaters with nine assists and 11 points last week, taking a stranglehold of the NHL’s scoring lead in the process. Crosby is now eight points clear of Tampa Bay’s Steve Stamkos and nine clear of linemate Chris Kunitz, the NHL’s third-leading scorer.

The highlight of Crosby’s week came on Sunday, in which he tied a career-high with five assists in a 6-1 romp. In doing so, Crosby became the only active NHLer to record more than one five-assist game.

Third star of the week went to Los Angeles’ Jeff Carter.

Carter scored six goals in four games last week, bringing his overall total on the season to 17. That puts him in a tie for second with Kunitz and James Neal, all of whom sit behind league leader Steve Stamkos (19 goals).

Carter also scored two-game winning goals this week — against Nashville and St. Louis — and now leads the NHL in game-winning goals this season, with six.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I bet flyer fans really love the three stars this week.

    • xflyersx - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM


    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Haha you got that right. I always liked Bob more than Bryz, I wasn’t happy when the trade went down. Way more physical ability just too inconsistent. Glad he’s developing into a #1. As for Carter, I could care less if he’s successful or a failure. He’s completely one dimensional. He only scores goals, which most teams wouldn’t mind, but he’s a liability in his own zone and good luck trying to have him pass the puck if you’re on his line. As evidenced by huge assist numbers (all 2 of them). I’ll take Voracek and Couturier any day, even with Couturiers struggles. And Crosby, well, he’s just doing what he’s always done: pile up points. That game last night wasn’t fair. No surprise though, Crosby owns the Islanders.

      • jimw81 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Before this week he was 4-9 plus he wasn’t going to get alot of playing time.

  2. phillyfour4four - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I’ve always liked Bob, way to go.

  3. jaredphi - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I agree with phillyfour4four. I always liked Bob and was sorry to see him go.

    Good for him on 1st star honors. And congrats on the first shutout Bob!

  4. dawglb - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Happy for Bob. No regrets. Hope he is a solid player for them, long term.

  5. girouxvy - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I hope he had the chance to do the “Sergei Shuffle”….. Good ‘ol Bob!

  6. hockeyfan28 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Bob beating Crosby again he did own him in Philly as well nice job kinda find yourself pulling for Columbus anymore

  7. 19to77 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Jeff Carter has absolutely perfected the art of never, ever having to pass.

  8. ml3939 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Unfortunately Bob may have been the ultimate victim of the Bryz contract. It left him with no future here and there were definitely glimpses of something special in his game at times. Columbus might be the bet place for him to learn how to play as an NHL goaltender without the added pressure of a big market team still in search of it’s franchise goaltender since Hextall’s first stint here.

    As for Carter, I will take Voracek’s consistency and ever-evolving game and wait for Couturier to regain the promise he showed last year. I still love that trade.

    • jaredphi - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Agree with ml3939 on Carts. We got the best end of that trade.

      Carts was oft-injured and he really wore out his welcome here after missing open nets on some easy goal shots.

    • jimw81 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Couturier is getting hyped too much.

      • ml3939 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        He is 20 years old. I can wait out the growing pains.

  9. puckmepuckyou - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Carter is a lazy forward who only plays at one end. He is a talented shooter tho. Bob was the man for sure and I wish he stayed. He will get a lot of ice time with the Jackets and only get better

  10. 1trojanlove - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    I love Philly fans bashing Carter, in La we tend to think he fits in just fine… He has that laid back so cal personality!

    • jimw81 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      i love reading posts by bandwagon fans.

  11. ironman721 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Sorry but as a Pens fan I find the 3 stars of this week kind of humorous. Sorry Philly I had to say it. 😈

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