[Ed. Note: In this new post series, we anoint three stars to the top performers in the Capitals and Bears organizations for their performance over the last week. Feel free to agree, disagree, or submit your own in our comments section.]
1st Star: Steve Pinizzotto, Bears’ C
In Adirondak on Friday Pinner was on the ice for all three Hershey goals (scoring on 1 and assisting on another) and played in key role in the PK, helping Hershey kill off all 6 of Adirondak’s PP chances in Hershey’s 3-0 shut out. In Hershey’s losing effort Satrurday night at home against Lake Erie, he wasn’t on the ice for any of the goals against, and again played a huge role on the Bears’ PK, helping kill off all four Lake Erie opportunities. Perfection couldn’t last, and finally he was on the ice for a PP goal against in Binghamton on Sunday against the Senators. While some question Pinizzotto’s ability to play smart disciplined hockey, he wasn’t in the box at all during last weekend’s 3 game span.
2nd Star: Karl Alzner, Capitals’ D
I’m amazed at how calm Alzner looks with the puck these days. His breakout passes are always spot on and seeing him tear into the offensive corner against Ottawa, he’s starting to get comfortable pushing the puck in more. He finished +3 for the week, with 7 blocked shots to boot.
3rd Star: Dany Sabourin, Bears’ G
Why is Sabs so good away from the Giant Center? Maybe it’s because he doesn’t have to listen to all the haters. Sabs earned another out of town shut out, this one coming in his only game of the weekend – Friday night at Adirondak. He made 25 saves on 25 shots that night and earned the #1 star of the game.
Marcus Johansson: MoJo had one hell of a week, finally looking comfortable on the ice and showing bursts of speed reserved for the AHL Skills Competition. His heads up play set up a Mike Knuble goal to bring the Caps back to a 2-2 tie with the Flyers, which added to his weekly point total after tallying a goal against Vancouver. Boudreau seems to be noticing #90′s maturation as well, having him set a career highs in TOI and Shifts twice last week, and placing him on the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich. So why just the HM? He was on-ice for 3 goals against during the Flyers game, and 4 total for the week.