After a bit of a tough start in the New Year, the Blackhawks turned things around this week, going 2-0-1 against the Avalanche, Ducks and Bruins.
Corey Crawford put on big performances throughout those three games, earning a .916 save percentage and 2.22 goals-against average. Now those strong starts are being recognized by the league as Crawford's been named the NHL's third star of the week.
After falling in overtime to the Avalanche, the Blackhawks hosted the league-leading Ducks as Crawford went on to make 19 saves in Chicago's 4-2 victory. Just two days later the Boston Bruins came to town for the first time since the Stanley Cup Final. Crawford made 34 saves (plus two in the shootout) to earn a 3-2 win.
First-star honors went to Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis, who gave Team Canada a little glimpse of what they're missing as he tallied eight points in five games, including a four-goal performance against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
St. Louis became the second player in Lightning history to score four goals in a game and matched his own club record by tallying a hat trick in a single period. He ended the week by recording an assist in Tampa Bay's 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick came in second after going 2-0-1 with a .967 save percentage and 0.97 goals-against average to help lead the Kings to five of a possible six points throughout the week.
He earned his second shutout of the year against the Vancouver Canucks and followed that up with a 28-save performance in the Kings' 4-1 victory in St. Louis on Thursday.
In 23 games this season, Quick's compiled a 14-6-2 record with a .918 save percentage and 2.05 goals-against average.