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Bobrovsky, Okposo, Niemi named NHL’s three stars of week

Mar 17, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

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Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was named the NHL’s first star of the week on Monday, joined by Islanders forward Kyle Okposo (second star) and San Jose goalie Antti Niemi (third).

Bobrovsky earned first star honors thanks to a 2-0-1 record with a 1.58 GAA and .950 save percentage last week, as the Jackets collected five of a possible six points and moved into third in the Metropolitan Division. Bobrovsky was huge in both of Columbus’ victories, stopping 39 shots in a 4-1 victory over Detroit, then making 32 saves — and more in the shootout — in a 2-1 decision over Minnesota.

Okposo, the second star, led all skaters with seven points last week — which included three multi-point games — as the Isles won two of three contests. The American forward had a career-high three assists in a win over Vancouver, notched two more helpers in a 4-3 loss to San Jose and then scored a goal and an assist in a win over Buffalo on Saturday. Incredibly, Okposo — who’d never scored more than 52 points in a season prior to this year — now sits fourth in the NHL with 69 points through 68 games.

Third star went to Niemi, who held off a strong challenge for the No. 1 gig in San Jose — from backup Alex Stalock — to win all three games last week, posting a 1.67 GAA and .950 save percentage. Thanks to Niemi’s strong play, the Sharks have now won six straight and are keeping pace with Anaheim for tops in the Pacific Division.

  1. lowenni - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    And everybody was saying that Okposo would be exposed without Tavares. Nope. He’s really reached his potential this year. Great player.

  2. agellings - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Bobrovsky is 18-5-2 in his last 25 starts, very impressive. He got off to a slow start so I’d think he is outside of the Vezina bubble, but hot damn he is on a tear. Glad he got some recognition, fun season for CBJ fans.

  3. chanceoffleury - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Great things happening in Columbus. Really, really hoping they can hold onto the playoff berth this year. Nationwide will be a tough place to play if they get in; I’m sure it’ll be absolutely nuts! As somebody still on a high from Buctober, the breakthrough year feeling is still fresh in my mind. And lord knows the Blue Jacket faithful deserve it!!!!

  4. cheatsburgh - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Good thing Okposo wasn’t picked for Olympic team and they grabbed Wheeler instead….

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