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Wayne Simmonds named first star of the week

On Monday morning, the NHL announced that Philadelphia Flyers gritty forward Wayne Simmonds was named the NHL’s first star of the week.

Most notably, Simmonds scored a goal against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday by deflecting the puck into the net with his face, which has earned him quite a bit of recognition.


But Simmonds earned the honor with his more conventional play as well.

Since March 26, he has scored goals in four consecutive games for a total of five and has registered a total of six points over that span.

Although Simmonds put together an award-worthy week, Flyers fans will be the first to tell you that Simmonds has been a star all season.

Simmonds has scored 27 goals this season in addition to 21 assists for a total of 48 points.

He has surpassed every expectation that any one could have had for him and has registered career totals in both goals and points.

He is three assists away from tying his career-high of 24.

In March, teammate Ilya Bryzgalov was named the NHL's first star of the week in consecutive weeks. He was the first player to do so in 2011-12.

Simmonds is joined by Boston Bruins defender, Zdeno Chara and Phoenix Coyotes goaltender, Mike Smith as the three stars of the week.

Chara registered seven assists this past week, which helped the Bruins clinch their third divison title in four seasons. 

He has now set career highs in both assists (40) and total points (52) in a single season.

Smith posted two shutouts in as many starts this past week to help keep the Coyotes alive in the hunt for the Pacific Division title. 

He hasn't allowed a goal in 139:59, which dates back to March 24.

Smith is 35-18-10 this season with a 2.29 GAA, a .927 save percenatge and seven shutouts in 64 appearances.

He has now set career highs in wins, shutouts and games played.



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