Wayne Simmonds named NHL’s First Star of the week


First Star: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers

Just after being named the 2017 NHL All-Star MVP, Philadelphia Flyers standout, Wayne Simmonds, has been honored as the First Star of the week by the NHL.

Simmonds certainly enjoyed his time at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles, the place where he started his NHL career, netting three goals including the game-winner to secure the million-dollar prize for the Metropolitan Division in his first All-Star Game appearance. In addition to his all-star success, Simmonds scored in back-to-back efforts for the Flyers in key victories over the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs last week. Simmonds leads the Flyers in goals (21), good for ninth place in the entire NHL. Those who watch Wayne Simmonds regularly are well aware of his value.

This is the third time this season a Flyers player has been named First Star of the week; Steve Mason and Jakub Voracek received that recognition on back-to-back weeks during the Flyers’ 10-game winning streak in December.

Second Star: Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

Marleau led the NHL with five goals and six points in three games this past week. Hockey fans will not soon forget Marleau’s four-goal frame against the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 23, becoming the 12th player in NHL history to achieve the feat.

Third Star: Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs

The whole hockey world was abuzz this summer when the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Frederik Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks. There is no doubt Andersen has been the calming influence in net the young Maple Leafs roster needed. This past week, Andersen posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time in his NHL career. He turned aside 26 shots in a 4-0 triumph against the Calgary Flames on Jan. 23 and made 22 saves in a 4-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 25.

The Toronto Maple Leafs may make a return to the playoffs this season, and Andersen has a lot to do with that.

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