This week marks the fifth installment of the All-NHL Team of the Week. For those of you who haven't been reading every week (where have you been?) here is a quick history of who was selected for the All-NHL weekly honor.
Forwards: David Backes, Ryan Johansen, and TJ Oshie
Defensemen: Aaron Ekblad and TJ Brodie
Goalie: Pekka Rinne
Forwards: Kyle Okposo, Sidney Crosby, and Tomas Tatar
Defensemen: Dustin Byfuglien and Kris Letang
Goalie: Devan Dubnky
Extra-Attacker: Mathieu Perreault (45% of votes)
Forwards: Cedric Paquette, Jamie Benn, and Patrick Kane
Defensemen: John Klingberg and Roman Josi
Goalie: Carey Price
Extra-Attacker: Alex Ovechkin (68% of votes)
Forwards: Corey Perry, Bryan Little, and Max Pacioretty
Defensemen: Keith Yandle and Nikita Zadarov
Goalie: Devan Dubnyk
Extra-Attacker: David Desharnais (67% of votes)
Now if you would have guessed that the only player to appear on this list in two separate weeks was Devan Dubnyk give yourself a pat on the back or put a gold star on your sticker chart because that is impressive. Also before I get started with this week's All-NHL Team of the Week, if you have nominations for players that should be considered please send them my way via twitter (#AllNHL) or email. Now that the shameless plug is behind us let's take a look at who made the cut this week.
Tyler Toffoli, Los Angeles Kings:
This week was by far the most difficult to choose just three forwards because a lot of guys had monster weeks, however, Toffoli's performance (4g-2a-6p) really stands out in combination with the fact that his team also won all three of their games. Toffoli registered a goal in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets and then went on to record a hat-trick in the Kings next game against the Calgary Flames, a 5-3 win, while also adding an assist. The Kings took care of the Capitals with a 3-1 in the final game of the week and Toffoli picked up an assist to extend his point-streak to four games. All in all not a bad week for the defending champs.
Anders Lee, New York Islanders:
Lee, a 2009 6th round pick of the Islanders, helped lead his team to three straight victories this week and also happened to rack up seven points over that stretch. Lee was credited with an assist in a 3-2 win over the Oilers and then scored two goals in the Islanders next game, a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Lee was not done yet though as he piled up an impressive four assist night as his team topped Columbus 6-3. If you're keeping track that's (2g-5a-7p) in three games.
Rick Nash, New York Rangers:
The theme of the week is here winning which is exactly what Nash, who is second in the NHL with 35 goals, helped the Rangers accomplish. Nash tallied three assists in a 5-4 win over Toronto to begin the week and then followed that up with a goal and an assist as the Rangers took care of Colorado 6-3. Finally, Nash scored a goal as his team throttled Arizona 5-1. Overall Nash recorded six points, 2 goals and four assists, to lead the Rangers to three victories this week.
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks:
It really doesn't seem to matter where Burns plays on the ice, whether it's as a defensemen or forward, because at either spot his combination of size, skill, and athleticism is hard to contain. Burns scored the Sharks only goal in a 4-1 loss to Calgary and then scored two goals in his next game, scored 22 seconds apart in the second period, as his team fell to the Capitals 5-4 in overtime. In San Jose's third game of the week, a 4-2 win over Arizona, Burns added an assist and finished off the week by scoring a goal in a 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Over that four game stretch Burns registered four goals and one assist for five points.
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators:
Karlsson, another offensive defensemen, had quite the week for the Sens racking up five points on a goal and four assists in only three games played. Karlsson scored Ottawa's first goal against Buffalo in a 2-1 win and then picked up two assists in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins. The Senators would get back in the win column in their last game of the week as they beat Edmonton 7-2 with Karlsson netting another two assist night to finish with five points (1g-4a) in three games.
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens:
Price becomes the second player, and second goaltender, to appear on the All-NHL team in multiple weeks. So what got him here? First, Price made 23 saves on 24 shots anchoring his team as the beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1. Then Price made 28 saves on 29 shots as his team beat Toronto 2-1. So two victories in two one-goal games against Eastern Conference rivals for the Canadiens net-minder. That is what I call clutch.
I really have to stress that making the forward selections this week was incredibly difficult. A lot of players had really impactful and productive weeks for their respective teams. As always please vote in the poll for extra-attacker and leave a comment if you're up to it. Until next week.