Apr 29, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT
Four starts, four wins and a playoff berth.
All in a week’s work for Jimmy Howard.
On Monday, Howard was named the NHL’s first star of the week after posting a 4-0-0 record, 0.75 GAA, .969 save percentage and two shutouts, paving the way for Detroit to capture its 22nd consecutive postseason appearance.
The 29-year-old blanked the Phoenix Coyotes, allowed one goal against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings, allowed two goals against the Predators then blanked Dallas in the season finale, which guaranteed the Wins a playoff spot.
So, no real surprise he won first star.
There wasn’t much surprise about the second star of the week, either — it was Howard’s teammate, Henrik Zetterberg.
The Detroit captain was equally vital to the playoff push, scoring 2G-8A-10PTS during the four-game winning streak. He also led the NHL in power-play points (five) and finished second with a plus-6 rating.
Zetterberg finished the season ranked second on the Wings in points (48) while leading the club with 37 assists.
Yakupov scored an NHL-best six goals in four games to help the Oilers finish the season with a pair of victories, which included his first-career hat trick in a 7-2 triumph over Vancouver.
The 19-year-old Russian finished the year tied for the rookie scoring lead (31 points) and captured the rookie goalscoring title (17 goals).
- Video: Wild chase the Blues away to take series lead 23
- WATCH LIVE: Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff action 1
- Too little, too late: Rangers stifle Penguins for 2-1 series lead 77
- Video: Jets fans celebrate return of playoff hockey with whiteout in Winnipeg 4
- Would McLellan like to coach McDavid? ‘You can have the best player and still not have the best team’ 23
- Burrows’ instigator suspension rescinded, allowed to play Game 4 24
- No hearing scheduled for Hamhuis after Bennett headshot 13
- Sharks and McLellan have ‘mutually agreed’ to part ways 50
- Desperate Jets will ‘lean on’ their crowd tonight 19
- Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight 16
- Of course they did: Oilers win 2015 NHL Draft Lottery, will select first overall (171)
- Stone suffered microfracture on Subban slash, Sens confirm (102)
- Report: Kings’ Stoll arrested for cocaine, MDMA possession (Updated) (99)
- Eichel understands Murray’s disappointment, but ‘extreme competitor’ has ‘a lot to offer’ (94)
- Too little, too late: Rangers stifle Penguins for 2-1 series lead (86)