NEW YORK (Dec. 8, 2014) – Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 7.
Bobrovsky posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.62 goals-against average and .956 save percentage to backstop the Blue Jackets (9-15-2, 20 points) to their first three-game winning streak of the season. He stopped 24-of-25 shots in a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers Dec. 1. Bobrovsky then made a career-high and franchise-record 52 saves – and denied all four shootout attempts he faced – in a 4-3 triumph over the Panthers Dec. 4. He capped the week with 33 stops, his ninth 30-plus save performance of the season, in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Dec. 6, helping the Blue Jackets secure their second all-time victory at Amalie Arena (2-5-2). The 26-year-old Novokuznetsk, Russia, native has appeared in 17 games this season, compiling an 8-8-1 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.