Niemi Named NHL's Second Star For February

Shark Goaltender Had Consecutive Road Shutouts At Boston And Washington

Tuesday, 03.1.2011 / 9:33 AM PT / News
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Niemi Named NHL\'s Second Star For February
NEW YORK -- On the same day he signed a four-year contract extension with the Sharks, goaltender Antti Niemi has been named the Second Star of the Month by the National Hockey League. Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (First Star) and New Jersey Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg (Third Star) were also honored for the month of February.

SECOND STAR -- ANTTI NIEMI, G, SAN JOSE SHARKS
Niemi
Niemi posted a 10-2-0 record with a 1.89 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and three shutouts in 13 appearances, helping the Sharks (36-21-6) reclaim first place in the Pacific Division and third place overall in the Western Conference. He allowed two or fewer goals in eight of 13 games, including consecutive road shutouts at the Boston Bruins Feb. 5 and the Washington Capitals Feb. 8. Niemi improved his season record to 23-15-3 with a 2.44 goals against average, .919 save percentage and five shutouts in 42 appearances. The 27-year-old Vantaa, Finland native is 16-2-1 in his past 19 decisions since Jan.15.

FIRST STAR -- JONATHAN TOEWS, C, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Toews
Toews led all scorers in February with 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) and posted a +13 rating as the Blackhawks (34-23-6) collected points in 10 of 13 games (8-3-2) and climbed to fifth place in the Western Conference. Toews tallied eight multiple-point games, beginning with a goal and two assists in a 7-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Feb. 1. Three of his six goals were game-winners, Feb.1 (at Columbus), Feb. 21 (at St. Louis) and Feb. 28 (at Minnesota), and he closed the month on a season-high five-game point streak. Toews notched his 20th goal of the season in the victory at St. Louis, becoming just the fourth player in Blackhawks history to record 20-or-more goals in each of his first four NHL seasons. The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner ranks 11th in NHL scoring with 61 points (23 goals, 38 assists) in 61 games and is sixth among NHL centers in face-off winning percentage (57.4%).

THIRD STAR -- JOHAN HEDBERG, G, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Hedberg
Hedberg went 7-1-1 record with a 1.43 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and two shutouts in 10 games, helping the surging Devils (27-31-4) gain 23 of a possible 26 points for the month (11-1-1). Hedberg won each of his first seven starts after Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur suffered a knee sprain Feb. 6 at Montreal, including shutouts Feb. 18 against the New York Rangers and Feb. 22 at the Dallas Stars, and allowed one or fewer goals in six of 10 appearances overall. The 37 year-old Leksand, Sweden native improved his season record to 13-11-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and three shutouts.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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