Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul was named the NHL's best player for last week after racking up five goals and four assists in four games.
Lupul now has a six-game point streak since returning from injury, with eight goals and five assists in nine games so far this season. He scored the game-winning goal in all three of Toronto's wins for the week ending March 31.
Antti Niemi of San Jose was named second star of the week after going a perfect 4-0 during the week, with shutouts over Anaheim and Detroit. He posted a 1.22 goals-against average and .952 save percentage overall.
Edmonton forward Taylor Hall rounded out the list by tying Lupul with an NHL-best five goals on the week, to go along with three assists. He wrapped up the week by scoring a hat trick in seven minutes, 53 seconds, breaking the franchise record held by legend Wayne Gretzky.
The NHL also announced its players of the month for March. They are:
- Sidney Crosby led all NHL players in March with 19 assists and 25 points as Pittsburgh went a perfect 15-0 during the month
- P.K. Subban of Montreal led all league defenceman with seven goals, 11 assists as the Habs solidified their division lead
- Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky vaulted the also-ran Blue Jackets into playoff contention with three shutouts, a .950 save percentage and 1.49 goals-against average