Mason of Blues, Sedin, Ward are Stars of Week
Mason went 4-0-0 with a 1.72 goals-against average and.930 save percentage as the Blues (37-30-9) climbed to eighth place in the Western Conference after starting the week in 11th. He recorded his fifth shutout of the season with 22 saves in a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on March 24, made 21 stops in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on March 26 and closed the week by backstopping to the Blues to consecutive victories over the Columbus Blue Jackets in a key home-and-home series. He stopped 24 shots and three of four shootout attempts in a 4-3 victory at St. Louis on March 28 and made 26 saves in a 5-2 triumph at Columbus on March 29.
Mason, who has started the Blues' past 27 games, has a 20-7-5 record in his past 32 outings with four shutouts, a .926 save percentage and 2.03 GAA. He is currently on a five-game win streak.
Sedin had eight points (four goals, four assists) in four games as the Canucks (41-25-9) closed within one point of the Calgary Flames for the Northwest Division lead. He began the week with a goal and assist in a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars on March 24, had an assist in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on March 26, scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on March 27 and potted two goals, including the game-winner, while being credited with an assist in a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on March 29. Sedin leads the Canucks in points (76), goals (30) and game-winning goals (seven).
Ward earned NHL Three Stars recognition for the second consecutive week, having been named First Star for the week ending Marcj 22. He had a 3-0-0 record with a 1.32 GAA and .957 save percentage as the Hurricanes (42-28-7) climbed to fifth place in the Eastern Conference. He made 37 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on March 23, blocked 21 shots in a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on March 25 and stopped 31 of 32 shots in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on March 28. Ward has started each of the Hurricanes' past 24 games, the longest such streak of his NHL career. He has a 16-6-2 record and two shutouts in that span.
First Star -- LW Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta
February -- G Pekka Rinne, Nashville