In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO) and thus exclude player’s salaries.
Overall a pretty low scoring night, some good goals by Philadelphia and San Jose. I find it incredibly ironic that Michael Leighton pitched a shutout right after I wrote he probably would not get one. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:
THIRD STAR: Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) – Giroux amongst others helped the Flyers dominate the Rangers. In his 14 plus minutes the 21-year-old scored a goal and assisted on another giving him his sixth multi-point game of the season. In addition the Hearst, Ontario native posted a plus three while firing one shot on goal.
SECOND STAR: Rene Bourque, Calgary Flames (0-2-1) – Bourque played a crucial role in the Flames 2-1 victory over the Kings, playing a part in both goals. The 28-year-old scored a goal and assisted on the game winner from Craig Conroy. In addition the native of Lac La Biche, Alberta posted a plus one rating while taking a minor penalty and putting two shots on goal.
FIRST STAR: Simon Gagne, Philadelphia Flyers (1-0-0) – Despite Giroux’s efforts it was Gagne who really became the Flyers catalyst last night. The veteran left wing scored three and assisted on another giving him three even strength points and one on the powerplay. On top of that the Quebec native took six shots on goal and posted a perfect plus three. A four point night certainly deserves our first star honors.
HONORABLE MENTION(S): Michael Leighton, Daniel Briere, Marc Savard
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