While still confused why the NHL changed from Player of the Week to “Three Stars of the Week,” (NHL has apparently signed-on to the “self-esteem” craze sweeping youth sports by now naming three instead of one – can’t have too many NHL players skating around with self-doubt and low self-worth….), I noticed all three of the latest weekly “Stars” were goalies.
The real star of the week was Roberto Loungo who posted three straight shutouts (now, that is worthy of being named a “star”). With blankings of Nashville, Phoenix and the Wild, he stopped 81 of 81 shots and has a shutout streak of 201 minutes and 8 seconds. Quite a week for Louie. Some of his saves from the week can be seen – http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8466141
Next in line (or now, “Second Star”) was rookie netminder from Columbus, Steve Mason. He won all three of his games, which happen to be his first games in the league. The promising rookie beat the Oilers, Habs, and Flames. Check out some of Mason’s work – http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8473461
If the video link above does not fully impress you on Mason, check out the video below of a save from juniors. It’s a beauty.
How the NHL could pick a “star” who did not win all his games, is, quite frankly, as puzzling as their new attempt to avoid making all but one player feel bad… Regardless, here is Johnson in action – http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlp=8462161