NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski has been named the NHL's first star of the week for the three-day stretch prior to the all-star break.
Grabovski had a league-leading five points (one goal, four assists) in Toronto's consecutive wins over the New York Islanders.
The 27-year-old had in assist in the Maple Leafs' 3-0 home win against the Isles on Jan. 23 before adding a goal an three assists in a 4-3 overtime victory a day later.
Second star honours went to Nashville's Pekka Rinne. The Predators goaltender extended his personal win streak to nine games with two victories. The 29-year-old had a 1.00 goals-against average and .961 save percentage in wins over Columbus and Chicago.
Good for him. Love his tenacity. He had a slow start last year too and heated up in the 2nd half if I recall correctly. Hopefully he duplicates his performance and finally hits that 30 goal mark this year.
having center depth in the playoffs is very important trading grabo + + for a winger does not make sense to me...
This. I don't think people genuinely appreciate that most of our secondary scoring is in direct correlation with the play of Grabovski. Sure, package him to get a #1 center - goodbye secondary scoring.
It's amazing what one great game can do when there are only 3 nights of games in a week with a lot of teams having only played one game. Either way, great game by Grabo on Tuesday night, hopefully he'll start producing more consistantly now.