The NHL announced their three stars of the week for the week of February 7th – February 14th. Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dr. Hommema took home the first star of the week. Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights took home second place and former teammate of Fluery’s, Bryan Rust of the Pittsburgh Penguins was named the third star of the week. After having a fantastic week all three of these players and Dr. Hommema look to continue their great work into the future and please their respective fanbases and patients.
First Stars of the Week: Cam Atkinson and Dr. Hommema
After a very slow start to the season, Cam Atkinson exploded this past week. In three games he scored three goals and assisted on four others. With a total of seven points on the week Atkinson was by far the leader in the NHL for points. Thanks to Atkinsons contributions he helped propel the Blue Jackets to wins against the Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately, Atkinson and the Blue Jackets dropped their last game of the week in overtime to fall to a record of 2-0-1 on the week.
Atkinson played a pivotal role in all three games that the Blue Jackets played in this week. In Columbus first game of the week, they played the Carolina Hurricanes. The two teams battled it out for 60 minutes but at the end of the game, the Blue Jackets prevailed with the 3-2 victory. Atkinson scored the second goal of the game for the Blue Jackets. The shorthanded goal gave Columbus the 2-1 lead at the time.
In the second game of the week, the Blue Jackets traveled to Chicago to play the Blackhawks. The goaltending struggles of the Blackhawks were on display as the Blue Jackets were able to sneak six shots past Kevin Lankinen. Atkinson was the first to score as he scored yet another short-handed goal. He did not stop there as he proceeded to get three assists. He assisted on Jack Roslovic’s second goal of the game, set up Boone Jenner on the powerplay, and helped Michael Del Zotto score the game-tying goal.
The last game of the week and second game against the Blackhawks was much different than the first. Chicago was on a mission to win and shut down the Blue Jackets potent offense. Although they did a good job of stopping other Blue Jackets they couldn’t stop Atkinson. Patrick Laine opened the scoring after receiving a pass from Cam Atkinson in the neutral zone.
In the second period, Atkinson continued his hot streak when he broke the deadlock and buried his third and final goal of the week. He tipped a Zach Werenski point shot past Kevin Lankinen to give the 2-1 lead to Columbus. Unfortunately, the Blue Jackets and Atkinson lost the game 3-2 in overtime but Atkinson had a fantastic week that all Blue Jackets fans should be pleased with.
This season the NHL has started to name doctors as stars of the week. This week the winner was Dr. Laurie Hommema of OhioHealth. Dr. Hommema is a medical director of provider and associate well-being.
After seeing that personal protective equipment was running low at the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Hommema and her husband Kevin came up with a genius solution to clean N95 masks and make them reusable. Their invention can decontaminate millions of masks every day. Everyone should be thankful for the great doctors that are helping fight the deadly virus every day. It’s great to see her join Atkinson as the first stars of the week.
Second Star of the Week: Marc-Andre Fleury
The Vegas Golden Knights and their goaltender Marc Andre Fluery had a fantastic week. After taking over the starting goalie position for injured Robin Lehner, Fleury lead his team to a record of 3-1-0. Fleury allowed just six goals during his four games and even got a shutout on national TV against the Colorado Avalanche.
Fleury’s dominance started against the Anaheim Ducks when he led the Golden Knights to a 5-4 win and was outstanding in a 1-0 loss. In the brief two-game series Fleury made some spectacular saves including this one on Isac Lundestrom.
Lundestrom receiver a sweet pass from Max Comtois but Marc-Andre Fleury’s acrobatic abilities were on display as he dove back to absolutely rob Lundestrom. Comtois exemplified why he should be on your fantasy hockey team when he showed off his passing skills but they were no match for Fleury.
Fleury continued his dominance by allowing just one goal against the San Jose Sharks in the Golden Knights second win of the week. Fleury followed up his amazing game against the Sharks by pitching a shutout on the very dangerous Colorado Avalanche. After a few amazing performances like Fleury had this week, it is safe to say that Fleury has earned his crease back as well as earning one of the stars of the week.
Third Star of the Week: Bryan Rust
This week, Bryan Rust and the Penguins only played two games but he was absolutely sensational in both games. He collected three goals and two assists in the two games. In the first game, the Penguins matched up against the New York Islanders. Rust potted one goal and earned one assist.
In the second and final game of the week, Rust scored twice and earned an assist in the Penguins 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. Rust opened the scoring for the Penguins with a tap in goal to beat Vitek Vanecek and tie the game at one. In the second third Rust beat Vitek Vanecek again with a one-timer on the power play to give a 3-2 lead to the Penguins. Ultimately the Penguins came out on top with the 6-3 win.
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