Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky
has been named the National Hockey League’s
First Star for the week ending April 14, the League and club announced today. Toronto Maple Leafs
forward Phil Kessel
was named the NHL’s Second Star, while Dallas Stars
goaltender Richard Bachman
is the Third Star selection.
Bobrovsky went 3-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and one shutout in three games last week, stopping 100-of-103 shots in 185 minutes of play. On Apr. 9, he made 30 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks
. On Apr. 12, he turned aside 31-of-32 shots in a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues
. The following night, he made 39 saves and stopped both Wild attempts in the shootout to lead Columbus to a 3-2 win at Minnesota
This marks the third time during the 2012-13 season that the Blue Jackets netminder has been among the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week. The League’s Third Star for the Month of March was named First Star for the week ending March 10 (4-0-0, 0.77 GAA, .972 SV%, 1 SO in four games) and Third Star for the week ending March 17 (1-0-2, 0.62 GAA, .982 SV%, one SO in three games).
Bobrovsky, who has allowed two goals or fewer 15 times over his last 18 starts, including one goal or less in 11 games during that span, raised his season totals to 16-10-6, 2.01 GAA, .932 SV% and four shutouts in 32 games. He has led the Blue Jackets into playoff contention with a 19-16-7 record with six games remaining in the regular season.
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