Hiller Named NHL's Second Star of the Week
Hiller posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average, .941 save percentage and one shutout to help the League-leading Ducks (35-8-5, 75 points) pick up four victories, becoming the fifth team in NHL history to win 17 or more games over an 18-game span. He made 30 saves in a 5-2 triumph over the Boston Bruins Jan. 7 and 28 saves in a 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Jan. 11. Hiller (22 saves) then recorded his 19th career shutout and third of the season in a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings Jan. 12. With the trio of victories, Hiller extended his club-record and career-best winning streak to 14 games (dating to Dec. 6), tied for the second-longest single-season streak in NHL history and three short of the all-time record (Boston’s Gilles Gilbert: Dec. 26, 1975-Feb. 29, 1976). The 31-year-old Felben Wellhausen, Switzerland, native has appeared in 32 games this season, compiling a 23-4-4 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
Tavares led all skaters with four goals (tied), six assists and 10 points to power the Islanders (18-22-7, 43 points) to a season-high four consecutive victories. He began the week by recording his second career five-point game (3-2—5), including his fifth career hat trick, in a 7-3 win over the Dallas Stars Jan. 6. Tavares followed that up by posting three assists in a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 7, becoming the first Islander in 24 years to collect eight or more points over a two-day span (Pat LaFontaine: 3-6—9, Jan. 10-11, 1990). After being held off the scoresheet in a 2-1 overtime triumph against the Colorado Avalanche Jan. 10, Tavares capped the week by registering 1-1—2, including the game-winning goal with 1:24 remaining in regulation, in a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Jan. 12, stretching the Islanders’ road winning streak to seven games. The 23-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native is tied for second in the NHL with 56 points (21-35—56) in 46 games this season, including 8-10—18 in his last nine outings.
Lundqvist went 3-0-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .943 save percentage to carry the Rangers (24-20-3, 51 points) into third place in the Metropolitan Division. He made 36 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Jan. 6. Lundqvist followed that up with 35 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Jan. 8 and 24 saves in a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Jan. 10. He capped the week by making 37 stops in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Jan. 12, his eighth game this season with 30 or more saves. The 31-year-old Are, Sweden, native has appeared in 35 games in 2013-14, posting a 15-16-3 record with a 2.68 goals-against average, .910 save percentage and two shutouts, including a 5-1-1 mark in his last seven outings.