This week’s 3 NHL stars of the week were lead by the Chicago Blackhawks Artemi Panarin. The second star of the week is the Washington Capitals Marcus Johansen, and rounding out the third star of the week is goaltender Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers.
Let’s take a closer look at the week that was for each of the stars of the week
Star # 3 – Cam Talbot
Cam Talbot had a perfect record this week going 3-0 for the Oilers with a 1.66 GAA and a save percent of .946, these 3 wins helped the Oilers to clinch their first postseason berth in 11 seasons. Talbot has appeared in a career and league-high this year 70 games. He was won 40 of those games to this point. It is also the first time in his career that he has hit the 40 win mark in a season as a goalie.
Star # 2 – Marcus Johansson
Marcus Johansson plays left wing for the Washington Capitals. Johansson started the week with a 4 assist game in the Capitals 5-4 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild. He continued the amazing week with a goal and an assist against the Colorado Avalanche in a 5-3 win, and he finished up the week with 2 assists in a 6-3 loss to the Pheonix Coyotes. He was held scoreless in their fourth game of the week, but it was still good enough to make him the second star of the week.
Star # 1 – Artemi Panarin
Artemi Panarin has had a spectacular week for the Chicago Blackhawks. This last week he lead the league with 5 goals in his 4 games played. His big week also helped the Chicago Blackhawks to clinch the best record in the Western Conference as well. The Blackhawks went 3-1 on the week and Panarin scored points in each game during the week. The Blackhawks and their fans have got to be excited to see Panarin heating up the way he has been this week as we are getting ready to get the postseason started up in the near future. As our Blackhawks writer mentioned to me earlier. “These last 5 games are the longest games I’ve ever watched.” Hawks fans I am sure are ready to just get into the postseason and get this post season party started. It appears that Panarin shares that sentiment.