Anaheim Ducks center, Saku Koivu, has been chosen by the NHL as the Second Star for the week ending April 4. Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak earned the First Star and Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask was named the Third Star.
Koivu led the NHL in scoring with four goals and eight points in four games last week, helping the Ducks (38-31-9) collect seven of eight available points and remain in the race to grab the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. Koivu posted his first four-point game (one goal, three assists) since March 2007 and tied a franchise record with a career-best plus-five rating in a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on March. 31. He recorded two goals, including the game-tying strike with 1:24 left in regulation, and one assist in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on April 2 and tallied the game-tying goal with 1:32 remaining in regulation plus the shootout winner in a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on April 3. Koivu ranks fourth on the Ducks in scoring with 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) and leads the club in game-winning goals (six) and plus-minus (plus-13).
“That’s what you need when you’re down some bodies,” praised coach Randy Carlyle. “Saku Koivu definitely has been a strong competitor for our team for the better part of the year and offensively now he’s starting to deliver here in crunch time. It’s huge. It’s just a statement of the character of the individual.”