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 Primetime Performer - October 2010

 

LundqvistAt Chiller Instinct, we like to make a point of providing our readers with the inside edge when it comes to extraordinary performances. Hence our Primetime Performers section, which hands out recognition to players and clubs that had fantastic games on the largest stages during each month - Saturday and Sunday contests. We award 5 points for a First Star, 3 for a Second Star, and finally 2 points for the Third Star. The rankings and placements take into account different aspects of performance other than those parameters, but it is a great starting point.

Lundqvist action

To begin the 2010-2011 season, 'King' Henrik Lundqvist propped up the New York Rangers, backstopping them to a 5-4-1 record, good enough to claim 8th place in the Eastern Conference at month's end. On weekend games this past month, the Rangers' netminder ensnared three First Star selections. His 15 points stood clear of any other player's totals.

Lundqvist overhead

Overall, it was a just a good month for Lundqvist, posting a .921 save percentage and a 2.76 GAA in his eight games played. Perhaps the Swedish-born goalie would prefer to only play games on the weekend, as he stopped 131 of the 137 shots (.970 %) fired his way in the four matches. The Rangers' first game of the season was a 6-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres (Saturday 9 October), in which he allowed three goals and was not named a star.

New York will live and die with the play of Lundqvist; the 28-year-old five year veteran is an absolute between the pipes and give the lowly Rangers a chance to win most nights.

Honourable mention goes to a couple of Boston Bruins. Goaltending sensationalism still rides in Beantown, although it's the wily veteran Tim Thomas who has garnered the attention. The native of Flint, Michigan has rebounded from a shaky and injury-plagued season to reclaim the starter's job from young Tuukka Rask. In his six total starts in October, the 36-year-old former 9th round pick of the Quebec Nordiques was superb, posting a 6-0-0 record on the strength of three shutouts and a .984 save percentage and a .50 GAA. The weekend games saw Thomas collect 10 points, grabbing two first star nods in wins over New Jersey 4-1 and Ottawa 4-0.

Forward Nathan Horton also sparkled in the Primetime, using his three contests to conjure up a First, Second, and Third Star nomination. The 25-year-old from Welland, Ontario tallied up four goals, two assists, eight shots, and a +2 rating in those contests.

Also capturing our attention during the Primetime games were Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers, Andrei Kostitsyn from the Montreal Canadiens, and Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues.

In our team category, the month witnessed the Original Six clubs making a strong mark. The Boston Bruins and Washington Captials placed together at the top of our standings with a total of 35 points. Entrenched in a battle for third place were the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers, tied at 32 total points. The Montreal Canadiens also had a strong month, putting together a tidy sum of 28 total points.

The Ottawa Senators tallied up a brutal two points during our Primetime Performers games, while the New Jersey Devils managed to go the whole month of weekend games without garnering a single star selection and bringing in zero total points - the bottom of the pool.

 

1 November 2010 / Robin Keith Thompson

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