Mason, Sedin, Ward earn NHL weekly honours


Mason's great play last week launched the St. Louis Blues into the playoff race.


Mason's great play last week launched the St. Louis Blues into the playoff race.

The veteran netminder helped the Blues climb from 11th to eighth in the National Hockey League's Western Conference standings last week, en route to being named Monday as the NHL's first star of the week.

Vancouver Canucks left-winger Daniel Sedin was named second star, while Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward earned the third star honours.

Mason posted a 4-0-0 record with a 1.72 goals-against average and .930 save percentage as he extended his winning streak to five games. The Blues improved to 37-30-9 on the season, and now sit one point back of seventh-place Nashville with six games remaining, as they

Mason recorded his fifth shutout of the season with 22 saves in a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on March 24, then made 21 stops in a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks two nights later. Mason closed the week by backstopping the Blues to consecutive victories over sixth-place Columbus Blue Jackets in a key home-and-home series. He stopped 24 shots in a 4-3 victory on March 28 and made 26 saves in a 5-2 victory in Columbus on Sunday. Mason has started the Blues' past 27 games, winning 17
of them.

Sedin, meanwhile, picked up four goals and four assists in four games, as the Canucks closed within one point of the Calgary Flames for the Northwest Division lead, prior to Monday's games.

Sedin began the week by notching one goal and one assist in a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars on March 24, then recorded one assist in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. On Friday, he scored the game-winning goal and one assist in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

He wrapped up the week on Sunday with two goals, including the game-winner, and one assist in a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Sedin leads the Canucks with 30 goals and 76 points.

Ward went 3-0-0 with a 1.32 goals-against average and .957 save percentage as the Hurricanes climbed to fifth place in the Eastern Conference this week, one point out of fourth, with a 42-28-7 record.

The veteran goaltender made 37 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers March 23 and then blocked 21 shots in a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on March 25.

Ward closed out his week stopping 31 of 32 shots in a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Ward has started a career-high 24 straight games for the Hurricanes, posting a 16-6-2 record with two shutouts in that span.

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