Goaltender Andersen Named NHL's ‘Second Star’ of the Week
SECOND STAR – FREDERIK ANDERSEN, G, ANAHEIM DUCKS
Andersen posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals-against average and .958 save percentage, denying 92 of 96 shots as the Ducks improved to 15-3-1, tied for the best start through 19 games in franchise history (set in 2012-13). He made 32 saves in a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers Nov. 4, helping Anaheim close out its season-long, eight-game road trip with a 5-2-1 record. Andersen then posted a pair of victories at Honda Center, recording 25 stops in a 6-2 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres Nov. 8 and a career-high 35 saves in a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks Nov. 10. The 24-year-old native of Herning, Denmark, is the first goaltender since Toronto’s Damian Rhodes (March 22, 1991-Dec. 2, 1993) to post victories in each of his first six NHL appearances, totaling a 1.41 goals-against average and .952 save percentage since his League debut Oct. 20.
FIRST STAR – ROBIN LEHNER, G, OTTAWA SENATORS
Lehner also posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals-against average and .958 save percentage, stopping 91 of 95 shots to help the Senators win all three of their games and extend their season-long point streak to five contests (3-0-2). He made 32 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Nov. 5, 33 stops in a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 7 and 26 saves in a 3-2 triumph over the Florida Panthers Nov. 9. With the trio of victories, Lehner tied the longest winning streak of his four-season NHL career (Oct. 30, 2011-Feb. 28, 2012). The 22-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden, has allowed two or fewer goals in six of his eight appearances this season, compiling a 3-2-2 record with a 2.13 goals-against average and .945 save percentage.
THIRD STAR – PATRICK SHARP, LW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Sharp led the NHL with six assists and seven points in three games to help the Blackhawks extend their point streak to seven games (6-0-1), the club’s second such streak this season (Oct. 11-24: 5-0-2). He opened the week by recording 1-1—2 in a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Nov. 6. Sharp then posted his second career four-assist game, and first since March 14, 2011, in a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Nov. 9. He capped the week by assisting on Duncan Keith’s game-winning goal in a 5-4 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 10. The 31-year-old veteran of 613 NHL games has 4-12—16 in 18 contests this season, tied for first on the Blackhawks in assists and second in points.