With the second round of the NHL playoffs about to begin, Karen’s Print Rite presents an update on top performances by former Black Hawks so far during the pro hockey postseason with the Alumni Three Stars of the Week feature.
#3 – Joe Pavelski
San Jose Sharks (NHL) • Forward
Despite the Sharks’ early ouster by the Edmonton Oilers, Pavelski still was productive. During the six-game series, he notched two goals and two assists. The four points tied for the San Jose’s postseason lead. Both goals and three of his points came in Game Four – a 7-0 victory – during which he sparked the offense with an initial goal which proved to be the winner. It was the 12th time during his NHL career that Pavelski has scored a game-winning goal during the playoffs.
#2 – Blake Kessel
Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL) • Defenseman
Kalamazoo’s series against the Toledo Walleye went the full duration. Toledo prevailed, 3-1, during the rubber match. In defeat over the seven-game set, Kessel recorded a point in five contests. The veteran defenseman scored the very first goal of the series; he ended the round with three goals and two assists. Kessel found a home with the Wings in 2016/17 after opening the year with the Atlanta Gladiators and also skating for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League this winter.
#1 – Parker Milner
South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) • Goalie
Milner whisked the Stingrays through a six-game first round series against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. South Carolina lost the first two games on the road, but Milner started his team’s recovery with a 25-save shutout in Game Three. He stopped 36 of 37 shots in a Game Four victory, then helped his team steal home ice advantage with another win in Game Five. Milner capped the series with his second shutout, making 26 saves in Game Six. For the set, he had a 2.17 goals-against average and 92.3% save percentage.
Tyler Barnes, Allen Americans (ECHL): 5 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 Pts, +2
Mike Marcou, Florida Everblades (ECHL): 5 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 Pts
Brandon Montour, Anaheim Ducks (NHL): 4 GP, 1 A, 1 Pt, +3
Jon Puskar, Utah Grizzlies (ECHL): 5 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 Pts, +3
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