NEW YORK – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel and Dallas Stars goaltender Richard Bachman have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending April 14.
Bobrovsky went 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and one shutout in three games, stopping 100 of 103 shots he faced in 185 minutes of play. He opened the week by making 30 saves in a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks April 9, his fourth shutout in the last month. Bobrovsky then picked up a pair of weekend wins, denying 31 shots in a 4-1 triumph over the St. Louis Blues April 12 and 39 shots, plus another two in the shootout, in a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild April 13. The 24-year-old Novokuznetsk, Russia, native has allowed two or fewer goals in 16 of his last 20 appearances, including one goal or fewer in 13 of those contests. In 32 total games this season, Bobrovsky is 16-10-6 and ranks second in the League with a .932 save percentage and sixth with a 2.01 goals-against average.
Kessel led the NHL with five goals and tied for the League lead with seven points in three games. He scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist in a 4-3 triumph over the New York Rangers April 8. Kessel then recorded both of Toronto's goals in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Rangers April 10. He capped the week by posting his 13th multi-point game of the season (1-1—2) in a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens April 13. The 25-year-old Madison, Wis., native has played in 41 games this season and leads the Maple Leafs with 27 assists and 42 points.
Bachman posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.08 goals-against average and .963 save percentage to help the Stars continue their push for a playoff berth. He stopped all 22 shots he faced in relief of an injured Kari Lehtonen in Dallas' 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings April 9. Bachman then made back-to-back weekend starts, recording 26 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators April 12 and 31 saves in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks April 13. The 25-year-old Salt Lake City, Utah, native has played in 11 games this season, going 6-3-0 with a 3.18 goals-against average and .884 save percentage.
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