The Juice is on the loose.
Calgary Flames forward Kristian Huselius has been named the NHL's second star for the week ending January 6.
"Yeah, sure. Star of the week. Just roll the dice," joked fellow Swede Anders Eriksson when asked about Huselius.
On a more serious note, however, the performance of Huselius, known as Juice in the dressing room, has not gone unnoticed.
"Juice has been playing great. He is just tremendous with the puck," said Eriksson. "He is back-checking. And, every once in a while, he throws a hit. Sometimes it is like you don't notice him throughout the games but then, at the end, you look and he has three points."
The latter has been happening a lot lately for Huselius, who now has 20 goals and 27 assists and is plus nine.
Huselius led all NHL scorers with nine points (four goals, five assists) and recorded points in each game as the Flames (22-14-7, 51 points) went 4-0-0 and took the Northwest Division lead. Huselius began the week with the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Dec. 31 and notched his second consecutive game-winner and three assists in a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers Jan. 2. He recorded one assist in a 3-2 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks Jan. 3 and he finished the week with three points (two goals, one assist) in a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings Jan. 5. Huselius ranks 13th in the NHL with 47 points.Video Highlight Package: Kristian Huselius
The soft-spoken Huselius deflected any praise to his team.
"It was a big week for the team. I think as a team we are playing well. We feel confident in the room," said Huselius.
Huselius has been teamed with captain Jarome Iginla
and Craig Conroy essentially since the start of December. The line has been nothing short of excellent when it comes to offence.
"As a line we just have to keep moving and things will open up," said Huselius.
The other NHL Stars of the Week:
FIRST STAR -- MANNY LEGACE, G, ST. LOUIS BLUES
Legace posted two shutouts in three appearances, helping the Blues (20-14-5, 45 points) move within two points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the tight Western Conference standings. Legace made 31 saves in recording his second shutout of the season, a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Dec. 31. He made three saves in the first period before leaving the game due to illness in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers Jan. 2 and closed the week by recording the 21st shutout of his NHL career, making 27 saves in a 1-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Jan. 5. Legace has posted a 15-10-2 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and three shutouts in 29 games this season.
THIRD STAR -- TY CONKLIN, G, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Conklin posted a 3-0-0 record, 0.97 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and one shutout as the Penguins (23-16-2, 48 points) won all three games. Conklin began the week by stopping 36 of 37 shots and two of three shootout attempts as the Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic, played outdoors at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo Jan. 1. He made 33 saves in a 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 3 and stopped all 35 shots for his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers Jan. 5. Conklin has posted a record of 7-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and two shutouts in eight appearances for Pittsburgh this season.