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Lundqvist, Thomas, Getzlaf top this week's nominees

Sunday, 01.18.2009 / 12:00 PM / Fan Fav Award
Every Saturday night throughout the regular season — coinciding with the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on CBC and RDS — NHL representatives will evaluate NHL player performances from the week prior to select the top three NHL player performances for that week.

Fans then will have the opportunity each week to go online at http://www.fanfav-nhl.com and vote for their favorite player from amongst the three nominees. At season's end, each winning player will be placed in a pool with the other weekly winners, from which a panel of independent NHL judges will narrow down the list to 10 finalists based on their season-long performances. Fans will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite NHL player from these top 10 finalists. Exciting NHL prizes will be available to both U.S. and Canadian participants.

Our Scotiabank Fan Fav nominees reflect the fact that it was another good week for goaltenders around the NHL.

Henrik Lundqvist is the biggest reason the New York Rangers have spent most of the season on top of the Atlantic Division. Lundqvist's performance last week showed why he's known as "King Henrik" to many of the Madison Square Garden faithful. He allowed just three goals in winning all three of his starts, all on the road. He started with a 2-0 victory at Ottawa, beat the Islanders 2-1 and survived 11 Blackhawk power plays in the Rangers' 3-2 overtime win at Chicago on Friday night.

Few goalies are involved in as many close games as Lundqvist, who knows he has to be sharp for his team to compete.

"It’s a great feeling to get a shutout, but also I am happy with the way I played because I know this is how I have to play," Lundqvist said after the win at Ottawa.

Lundqvist was named to the Eastern Conference team for the upcoming All-Star Game, where one of the players he'll be sharing the net with is Boston's Tim Thomas.

Thomas continued his brilliant season with a perfect week, winning all three of his starts, allowing only one goal in each of the victories. Perhaps his best performance came against the Islanders, when he stopped 40 of 41 shots in a 2-1 victory.


"Timmy was our best player," Boston coach Claude Julien said after the game. "He held the fort."

Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf is also headed to the All-Star Game. He's the top scorer in the Western Conference and had an impressive week with 2 goals and 4 assists for 6 points. Getzlaf now has at least one point in eight games and leads his team in both goals and assists.

Last week's winner, Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom got only four goals of support in three games, but led the Wild to a pair of wins by putting up back-to-back shutouts, both on the road. Backstrom stopped 33 shots to lead Minnesota to a 2-0 victory at Colorado and 28 more to shut down the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins 1-0 in Boston.

"It was a really big challenge for us. It's probably one of the best teams out there, especially playing in their rink," Backstrom said after the win in Boston. "I think our whole team rose to the challenge."











Quote of the Day

We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp