Kuemper Earns NHL's Third Star
Darcy Kuemper has been named the National Hockey League’s Third Star of the Week for his efforts in the week ending March 2.
The netminder earned a pair of wins last week, going 2-0-0, as the Wild restarted the season. He earned his second career shutout in a 3-0 decision against Edmonton, making 21 saves in the process Thursday. He followed the performance stopping 30 of 31 shots against Vancouver Friday before blanking the Canucks through a seven-round shootout for a 2-1 win. Through the two victories, Kuemper recorded a 0.48 goals-against average (GAA) and a .981 save percentage (SV%).
Since joining the Wild at the beginning of January, the 23-year-old has gone 10-2-2, including two shutouts, with a 1.94 GAA and a .935 SV%. Since Jan. 7, Kuemper is T-2nd in NHL in wins and SV%, T-3rd in shutouts and T-5th in GAA (amongst goalies that have played more than 10 games). He has also started 14-straight games, and is expected to start his 15th straight tonight against Calgary.
He becomes the fourth Wild player this season to earn a Star of the Week nod, and second Third Star this season. Josh Harding was previously named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week (11/18/13), while Zach Parise (2/2/14) and Jason Pominville (11/4/13) have each earned First Star honors.