Carey Price took home the NHL honours ahead of Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen and the Bruins Jarome Iginla. In the American Hockey League rookie Sven Andrighetto was first star for the week ending Sunday.
Price took home the NHL honour after a week in which he won all three starts and posted a 1.00 goals against average and a .971 save%. During the week he shut out Calgary, stopped a season high 42 shots against Vancouver and allowed one goal against Carolina in the final game before the Olympic break.
Andrighetto, who was drafted by the Canadiens in the third round of the NHL draft last June, scored three goals and eight points in four games last week, all of them on the road. He had a goal and three assists in Rockford Illinois Tuesday; added a career high four points at Milwaukee Wednesday; two more assists against Binghamton Saturday and scored a highlight reel goal against the Toronto Marlies Sunday.
Here is video of his goal against Toronto.
Despite missing 12 games with a lower body injury in November and December, in 31 games Andrighetto leads the Bulldogs in goals with 12 and is second on the team in points with 27.
The Swiss-born Andrighetto was passed over in two straight entry drafts before the Canadiens took him as a 20 year old last June. He played two seasons with Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL. It was the rumoured that the reason the potential Rene Bourque/P.A. Parenteau deal fell through two weeks ago was the Canadiens refusal to include Andrighetto in the trade. As an 18 year old he reportedly turned down a six figure contract from Zurich of the Swiss National League in order to play junior hockey at Rouyn.
NEW YORK – Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonenand Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 9.
Price led all goaltenders with three wins in three starts, posting a 1.00 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and one shutout to help the Canadiens (32-21-6, 70 points) move into third place in the Atlantic Division. He began the week by stopping all 27 shots he faced in recording his fourth shutout of the season and the 23rd of his NHL career in a 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames Feb. 4. Price then made 42 saves, his second-highest total of the season, in a 5-2 triumph over theVancouver Canucks Feb. 6 and 31 saves in a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Feb. 8. The 26-year-old native of Anahim Lake, B.C., who will represent Canada in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, is 26-17-5 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 48 appearances this season.
From AHL Communications –
SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS – The American Hockey League announced today Hamilton Bulldogs forward Sven Andrighetto has been selected as the CCM / AHL Player of the Week for the period ending February 9th, 2014.
Andrighetto recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in four road games for the Bulldogs last week.
On Tuesday in Rockford, Illinois, the 5’9”, 182-pound forward scored a goal and assisted on three others, setting a career high with four points in a 6-4 loss to the IceHogs. He was held scoreless Wednesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against the Admirals, but came back with two assists on Saturday night, helping the Bulldogs to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Binghamton Senators in Ottawa, Ontario. Finally, the Zurich, Switzerland native scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, as the Bulldogs edged the Toronto Marlies 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in Toronto, Ontario.
Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round (86th overall) in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Andrighetto has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 36 games with Hamilton this season. The 20-year-old rookie played the previous two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, registering 172 points (67 goals, 105 assists) in 115 regular season games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
In recognition of his achievement, Andrighetto will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Bulldogs home game.