Bishop and Pavelec Named as Two of the NHL’s Three Stars for the Week
Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec and Tampa Bay stopper Ben Bishop have been honoured as part of the NHL’s Three Stars for the week ending March 22nd; alongside Ottawa forward Kyle Turris.
Both Pavelec and Bishop went went 3-0-0, with the Jets netminder posting a 0.97 GAA and .970 save percentage, with one shutout, to help Winnipeg hold on to the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.
Bishop (pictured above) posted a 2.00 GAA and .935 save percentage to lead the Lightning to three straight victories, all against divisional opponents, as the Bolts look to catch Montreal at the top of the Atlantic Division.
Pavelec came under fire after letting in the game-deciding goal from centre ice against St. Louis on March 10th, and expressed some frustration about how little he’d played when talking to reporters the following day.
A hot start from rookie Michael Hutchinson saw the 6’3″ Czech relegated to the bench following a disastrous 2013/14 campaign; but Hutchinson’s own form has wavered more recently, while Pavelec seems to have his game back on track – earning the 27-year old something of a reprieve as the franchise looks to secure a play-off berth for the first time since relocating to Manitoba.
Pavelec is now 17-17-7 for the season, with a .916 save percentage and 2.40 GAA.