The National Hockey League announced their three stars of the week with Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov right at the top. Read the release here.
Arguably the hottest goaltender in the NHL right now Bryzgalov is fulfilling the role of a consistent goaltender that has been missing from the Phoenix Coyotes for a long time. He continued his impressive play with a huge week and three wins over three very good teams. He started the week off by shutting out the San Jose Sharks and helping Phoenix to a 1-0 shootout win over the Western powerhouse. He went on to hold St. Louis to just two goals in a 4-2 win and the Boston Bruins to one goal in a 4-1 win. Stopping 70 of 73 shots faced, Bryzgalov had a .95 goals against average and a .959 save percentage.
On the season Bryzgalov leads goaltenders in goals against average (1.14) and save percentage (.953). An absolutely terrific start for Bryzgalov, he will need to continue his great play to help Phoenix stay atop the Pacific Division in the West. They will certainly be cheering for the New York Rangers when they take on San Jose tonight. LA plays Dallas in a divisional matchup so for Phoenix it does not really matter. They are focuses on Thursday night's showdown with the Detroit Red Wings at Jobing.com Arena. Get out there and support a team that is playing very well right now.
A quick note about tonight's Rangers game. Steve Valiquette will be getting his second start of the season when the Rangers host the San Jose Sharks. His last start was against the Anaheim Ducks where he helped the Rangers to a 3-0 shutout win. Head Coach John Tortorella has said he would like to rest Lundqvist more this season than he has been the last few, especially with the Olympics in February. The Rangers have said they have been sloppy the last few games. Hopefully they can fix that tonight as they go for 8 in a row.