The NHL announced the Three Stars of the Week, for the week ending February 14, 2016 as Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand.
First Star – Pavel Datsyuk
Datsyuk shared the NHL lead with five goals and tied for second overall with seven points in four games to help power the Detroit Red Wings to seven out of the possible eight points and second place in the Atlantic Division. He scored two, marking his first multi-goal game of the season, in a 3-0 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers on February 8th. Datsyuk then tallied an assist in the 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators February 10th before posting one goal – and then scoring in the shootout as well – in a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche February 12th.
He ended the week notching his 900th NHL point, in a 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins February 14th.
The 37-year-old Sverdlovsk, Russia, native has spent his entire career with the Red Wings and became the sixth player in franchise history to reach the 900-point milestone (309 G, 593 A for 902 points in 928 games played), joining Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Sergei Fedorov.
Datsyuk has recorded 11 goals and 22 assists in 41 appearances with the Red Wings this season.
Second Star – Henrik Lundqvist
Lundqvist went 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Rangers to seven out of a possible eight points, helping the Rangers to maintain second place in the Metropolitan Division.
He turned aside 27 shots in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils February 8th. Lundqvist then denied all 34 shots faced, including 13 in the third period, to record his 58th career shutout and tie John Ross Roach for 18th place in NHL history in 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins February 10th.
Lundqvist closed out the week with a 21-save performance in a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers February 14th. The 33-year-old Are, Sweden, native currently shares third place in the NHL with 28 wins in 47 games this season (maintaining and over all 2.29 GAA, .924 SV%, 3 SO).
Third Star – Brad Marchand
Marchand shared second place in the NHL with 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points, including goals in all four games played during the week, to help the Bruins win two of four starts and finish the week in third position in the Atlantic Division. He recorded one goal in the 9-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on February 9th.
Marchand then went on to net a goal and two assists, including the game-winning goal, in a 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on February 11th. He added a goal in a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild February 13th and then went on to score a goal and an assist in the Bruins 6-5 loss in Detroit to the Red Wings February 14th.
The 27-year-old Halifax, N.S., native has scored in a career-high seven consecutive games (8 G and 3 A for 11 points) and 12 of his last 13 – the first such run by any player since Teemu Selanne in the 1998-99 season. He now ranks fifth overall with 28 goals in 51 appearances this season, matching a career high established in 2011-12 (76 games).