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Pominville, Fleury and Chimera named NHL stars of the week

Nov 4, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

Newly acquired forward Jason Pominville #29 of the Minnesota Wild skates during warm-up prior to the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on April 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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Minnesota forward Jason Pominville, Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Caps winger Jason Chimera were named the NHL’s three stars of the week on Monday for the week ending Nov. 3.

It’s not the typical collection of names you’ve come to expect for three stars but hey, these guys deserved it.

Pominville has been a huge catalyst for the red-hot Wild (winners in five of their last six) and finished tied for the league lead in goals (four) and points (six) last week. The former Sabres captain now has goals in four straight games — his longest streak since 2008 — and sits tied for third in the NHL in goals, with 10, and leads the Wild with 12 points. His 10G-2A line also has him in the running for this year’s Cy Young (for more on the NHL’s Cy Young, click here.)

Second star went to Fleury, who continued his bounce-back campaign by going 3-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .940 save percentage. His play was a big part of Pittsburgh going undefeated last week and remaining atop the Metropolitan Division — his best effort came on Nov. 1 when he stopped a season-high 37 shots in a win over Columbus, becoming the first goalie in the NHL this season to reach 10 wins in the process.

Chimera, not known as an offensive weapon, piled up the points last week, leading all NHLers (with six) while posting a career-high four points in a 7-0 drubbing over the Flyers on Friday night. The 34-year-old now has goals in four straight games and sits fourth on the Caps in points, with 11 through 14 games.

It’s worth noting that Chimera’s career-high in points is 39, and he’s nearly one-third of the way there already.

  1. ibieiniid - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Chimera’s quietly one of the faster skaters in the league, but lacks the hands to really put up the amount of points he deserves. Good to see him get a bit of recognition, even though most of the points he scored were on my team.

    • dipthatchip - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Agreed. Faster than hell, but he’s got cinder block hands. I’m sure he’s bummed about hybrid icing, because he was really good and beating defensemen to the puck and then immediately turning it over on the boards

  2. allday420ap - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Wild traded for a helluva player in Pominville

    • lordfletcher - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      people weren’t happy with the deal at the deadline (because they also gave up the 1st rounder to Buffalo) but clearly, this deal is now showing how much Fletcher and Co. knew what they were doing.

      Pominville is playing at a very high level and has helped Granlund in his development. Granlund and Pominville and making Koivu and Parise look like dead weight. I like Parise a lot, Koivu gets under my skin a bit, and its time to split them up. Those two not scoring during 5 on 5 play is not encouraging. Granlund and Pominville are putting up 1st line numbers on a high scoring team.

      Koivu and Brodziak need to really start centering their lines!

      Let’s go Wild – Pominville for team USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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