The NHL’s three stars for last week were:
1. Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Jonathan Quick of the Kings; 3. Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks. St. Louis had four goals in a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks. Quick was the recipient of some shoddy officiating in the Kings’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Crawford was in goal when the Blackhawks took a 4-2 win from the Ducks, ending their eight-game winning streak.
Actually, it really was that simple for each selection. Quick was 2-0-1, but might have been 3-0-0 if not for the fact that two referees and two linesmen missed a puck going off the protective netting and out of play before striking Quick in the back and falling into the net for the tying goal in the closing seconds of the Kings’ game against the Red Wings on Saturday. Hard to call it a real defeat for the Kings, who led 2-1 with only seconds left when Niklas Kronwall “scored” the “tying goal.” After a scoreless OT, the Kings lost in a shootout for their lone “defeat” last week.
Nice of the league to at least attempt to right a wrong.