Hey everyone, I’m back again for a new week of Sick Hands Sunday! I can’t wait to get another version out to all my fans for you all to enjoy! This week was a little easier to pick the winner so let’s get right into it!
So for the forward portion of the mix, like I just stated above, it was one of the easiest weeks to pick the winner! The reason why I say this was because Devils winger Mike Cammalleri was on an absolute tear over the last week picking up eight points (4G, 4A) in just three games. In all three of his games, he tallied at least two points and one power play point as well. Here’s how Cammalleri did game by game.
In Cammalleri’s first game, he picked up four points (1G, 3A) with nine shots on goal, and 23 TOI in a 5-4 come from behind shootout victory of the Maple Leafs. Cammy’s first point of the night came off a wicked assist where he grabbed the pass from eventual goal scorer Travis Zajac at the left dot. He saw him driving to the net, fired a pass over to him streaking down the right-hand side, and Zajac redirected the puck in the Devils first goal of the game.
Shortly after that, just four minutes and some change later Cammalleri was finally on the scoresheet. He was in the right place at the right time as we like to call it in the hockey world. Cammy stood right on the doorstep and grabbed the rebound from fellow defender Andy Greene and slotted the puck past Leafs goalie Jhonas Enroth to come back from 3-0 down to tie the game at 3-3.
In Cammalleri’s next game against the Red Wings, he recorded two points (1G, 1A) in a 5-4 shootout loss. Cammy’s goal was pure hard work and dedication if I’ve ever seen it. He drove to the slot, got the puck poked away but still stayed with it and never lost sight of the puck. Cammy was able to settle the puck, spin around, and fire the puck past Petr Mrazek to tie the game up at 2-2. (This is a great caption for the video New Jersey, props to you guys)
Cammalleri’s last game was a great one to cap off the week. He scored two goals in a heartbreaking 4-3 shootout loss to the Penguins. Camm’s firs goal was a wicked shot that beat Matthew Murray far blocker side. He received a pass at the top of the right dot a quickly released a shot that beat Murray to open the scoring in the game.
Then Cammy tallied yet another goal on the power play and this one was a beauty. He received the pass on the right-hand dot loaded up and ready for the one timer. As the pass came he took a look up to see where the goalie was and he let the shot go. Murray was able to get a good chunk of the shot but not all of it and the puck trickled in for the 3-2 lead! Here is the goal below:
Now the goalie portion of the article I decided to go with Calgary tendy, Chad Johnson. The reason why I picked him is simple, he was on fire and he is making a statement to be the number one there. He went 3-0 while only giving up three goals in three starts with a 34 save shutout vs the Jackets and a .968 SV% and a 1.00 GAA during the week . He had an amazing 35 save performance against a strong Boston Bruins team as well. So if Johnson keeps this up, I think Brian Elliott is about to have a problem. Right now his stats are, in 11 games, a 7-3-1 record on a .928 SV% and a 1.98 GAA and 2 SO, while Elliot’s record in 12 games is 3-9 on a .882 SV% and a 3.43 GAA. Clearly Johnson looks like the better goalie and deserves more starts.
The Honorable Mention goes to Peter Budaj and Alex Ovechkin. I will see you guys next Sunday for another recap of the best player of the week! (Thanks to the New Jersey Devils’ Twitter for the videos of the goals!)