When you are on a roll, you are on a roll. When you the NHL acknowledges it, its even nicer.
On Monday, Jonas Hiller was named the second star of the week for the NHL. With back-to-back shutouts to his credit and a 154:50 shut out streak going, Hiller has been phenomenal of late. Hiller posted a 2-1-0 record, 0.67 goals-against average and .977 save percentage in three starts.
Hiller’s 2.39 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and four shutouts in a League-leading 39 appearances have not gone unnoticed. And not just as star of the week.
Hiller, who is the first Ducks goaltender to post back-to-back shutouts since J.S. Giguere had three straight from Dec. 8-15, 2002, was also handed another bonus from the NHL on Tuesday. He was named to the All Star Game that will take place on January 30.
The 28 year old Swiss netminder will make his first career All-Star appearance. This is his fourth NHL season and his first as the clear number one goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks. He is the only Western Conference goalie to be included on the roster.
“I was actually dreaming about this thing,” said an elated Hiller after practice on Tuesday. “There are not too many players or too many goalies who can go. If you’ve been there 10 times, you’d probably say, ‘I’ve seen it. I’d rather do something else.’ But for me, it’s a first. It’s a great thing and I’m really excited.”
Joining Hiller on the trip to Carolina will be Corey Perry and rookie Cam Fowler.
This will be Perry’s second All Star game. His first was in 2008.
Perry is one of only two players on the Ducks to play in all 45 games this season. He has 21 goals and 45 points, ranking sixth in the NHL in goals. This is his fourth season with 20 or more goals.
The only thing not in Perry’s favor is the new format of captains choosing teams, a la elementary school, in a fantasy draft. Perry has made it his goal in life to piss off opposing players, especially goaltenders, whose crease he tends to inhabit. That might not make him a favorite for being chosen early. Then again, the captains might decide they’d rather have him on their team instead of against them.
Fowler, the Ducks first round draft pick this past June, has been nothing short of amazing this season, making the team out of training camp. The 19 year old has scored 3 goals and 21 points in 39 games. He leads all NHL rookie defensemen in scoring and assists in 2010-11. He also won the Ducks skills competition as fastest skater on the team with a time of 13.945 seconds.
Fowler is the only defenseman from the 2010 Draft currently playing with an NHL club and one of only five from the draft playing for an NHL club. He will be playing with other rookies in the super skills competition on January 29, the day before the all-star game.
“Congratulations to Jonas, Corey and Cam for their worthy recognition,” said GM Bob Murray after the announcement was made. “All three are deserving of appearing at All-Star Weekend for their performance and hard work this season.”
Congratulations indeed! For once, Ducks fans will feel well-represented at the All Star Game!