Hello, folks, I’m back at it again with another “SHS” article and I can’t wait to get another article out for the week to the fans out there! So it looks like I am going to stick with the goalie portion of the article because it was a big hit with the readers! I also enjoyed writing that part as well.
To start the forward portion of the article I picked out the top three players of the week and it was yet another close matchup! Tampa Bay winger Nikita Kucherov tallied eight points in four games (3G, 5A), Rangers center Kevin Hayes who also recorded eight points (3G, 5A) in four games, and Rangers winger Michael Grabner who grabbed seven points (5G, 2A) in four games as well. This was extremely hard to choose simply because Grabner was able to score five goals, yes FIVE goals in four games! I just had to go with Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov who was on a tear this past week and I will tell you just why I picked him!
Kucherov’s first game didn’t go quite as planned to say the least. They got demolished by the Rangers 6-1 at Madison Square Garden, but Kucherov was able to pick up a power play assist on the Lightning’s loan goal. Their next game against the Islanders the Lightning returned the favor and thrashed the Islanders 6-1. Kucherov picked up two goals (both on the power play), two assists (one on the power play), and finished with a plus-two on the night. You can see Kucherov’s two beautiful goals down below:
Here is Kucherov’s beautiful second goal of the game:
Kucherov’s next game he took on the Bruins in a hard-fought battle of high-scoring offense’s. Unfortunately, the Lightning lost in a whopping 20 player shootout 4-3. Kucherov was able to pick up an amazing behind the back power play assist to Victor Hedman who scored from deep to bring the game back to 2-1. You can see the insane pass down below:
The Lightning then took on the Devils in their last game of the week and handled them fairly easy with the final score being 4-1. Kucherov finished with a goal and an assist with the assist coming on the power play. His assist happened with a shot right off the faceoff, and teammate Brayden Point deflected the shot in the slot for his first career goal! Kucherov wasted no time getting the shot on net and it resulted in a goal. Here is the goal and assist down below:
Kucherov then iced the game with an amazing breakaway dangle that made Devils goalie Cory Schneider. He busted in behind the D and mad a quick move to his backhand a tucked the puck under his glove hand to ice the game at 4-1. Here is his awesome goal:
Now we move to the goalies! YAY! We all love goalies, right? I mean I love watching them especially when they are on fire! That’s just was Corey Crawford was this week, on fire and I mean it. Crawford went 4-0 in four games with a .978 SV% and a .75 GAA allowing three goals on 137 shots. I mean that is amazing. Which made it even better was he faced the Kings, Calgary, Colorado, and Dallas. He shutout the Los Angles and the Avalanche which was also very impressive as well. Usually, Crawford can have his ups and downs. But if he can keep his play up like he did this week, the Hawks will be unstoppable!
The Honorable Mention goes out to Kevin Hayes and Braden Holtby, who had killer weeks but couldn’t get the award! I will see you guys next Sunday for another recap of the best player of the week! (Thanks to the Lightning’s twitter account for the awesome video’s of the goals!)