3 Goalie stars for November 22, 2010
Even with some stiff and stingy competition, it’s hardly a surprise.
After being skewered by fans and the media because the Canadiens traded away playoff hero Jaroslav Halak in the offseason, Price finished the week tied for top spot in the NHL in wins (12) and shutouts (4), in fifth place with a 2.00 goals-against average, and seventh with a .932 save percentage.
First Star: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens: Price continued to sizzle in Montreal, wrapping a pair of impressive shutouts – first a big 41-save effort over Philadelphia and then 30 stops against Toronto Saturday – around a loss to Nashville, finishing up the last seven days with 98 saves on 101 shots for a .970 save percentage.
Second Star: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins: This choice is a little more of a surprise, if only because Rask only played one game last week. But when it was a 41-save shutout of Florida for his first win after such a standout season last year, that’s enough to earn a few votes, especially after waiting patiently while a resurgent Tim Thomas gets most of the starts for the Bruins.
Third Star: Peter Budaj: The too-often overlooked Budaj won all three ofhis starts last week before incumbent No.1 Craig Anderson returned from a knee injury suffered in a pre-game skate on Oct. 26. Budaj gave up nine goals on 102 shots for the week, but still held the fort in Anderson’s absence, improving to 8-3-1 this season and, more importantly, earning a 3 Star nod from InGoal readers.