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Jonas Gustavsson is your unlikely first star of the week

Oct 21, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

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He was only forced into action because of a hand injury to starter Jimmy Howard; now Red Wings backup Jonas Gustavsson is the NHL’s first star of the week after posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .953 save percentage in Detroit victories over Boston, Columbus and Colorado.

Sidney Crosby and Patrick Marleau were the second and third stars of the week, respectively.

But Gustavsson’s story is the best. The 28-year-old only started four games last season, his first with the Wings after failing to stick with the Maple Leafs.

Gustavsson can become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The man they call The Monster might’ve just made some money with one stretch of three games in four nights.

  1. polegojim - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Gus was AWESOME… played like a starter and deserves mega kudos and credit.

  2. joey4id - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    A very well deserved star. He played very well. Detroit is undoubtedly one of the best teams when it comes to team D, but that takes nothing away from his performance.

  3. 950003cups - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I wish he would start! I have him on my roster.

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