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Howard wins AHL weekly award

Tuesday, 03.21.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Howard wins AHL weekly award
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Grand Rapids Griffins goaltender Jimmy Howard has been named the CCM Vector/American Hockey League Player of the Week for the period ending March 19, the league announced on Monday.

Howard, who will turn 22 on Sunday, led the Griffins to four come-from-behind victories last week, becoming the first netminder in franchise history to earn four wins in a span of five nights. He went 4-0 with a 1.46 goals against average and a 0.943 save percentage, helping Grand Rapids extend its winning streak to seven games.

On Tuesday in Milwaukee, Howard inherited a 3-0 deficit early in the second period and stopped all 14 shots he faced as the Griffins rallied for a 5-3 win. At home versus Manitoba the next night, he made 32 saves before turning aside 11 of 14 attempts in the league's longest shootout of the year, preserving a 3-2 win over the Moose. On Friday, Howard stopped all 12 shots he faced over two periods of relief work, allowing Grand Rapids to come back for a 3-2 victory over Cleveland. Finally, on Saturday, his 24 saves backstopped the Griffins to a 4-3 overtime win over Toronto, as he tied Mike Fountain's franchise record with his eighth consecutive win.

A top candidate for the AHL's All-Rookie Team, Howard places among the league leaders with a Griffins-rookie-record 21 wins (7th, 21-4-2), a 2.70 GAA (14th) and a 0.905 save percentage (20th). During March alone, he is 7-0 with a 1.69 GAA and a 0.932 save percentage, and he has led the team to points in 19 of his last 20 decisions (17-1-1-1). The former University of Maine star was the Detroit Red Wings' first selection (64th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Wings in a 5-2 win at Los Angeles on Nov. 28, and shows a 1-2-0 record with a 2.99 GAA and a 0.904 save percentage.

Howard becomes the fourth Griffin to be named AHL Player of the Week this season - joining Jiri Hudler (Oct. 17), Valtteri Filppula (Nov. 21) and Clay Wilson (Dec. 26) - and the third Grand Rapids goalie to win the award during the past five seasons, following Joey MacDonald (Feb. 16, 2004) and Marc Lamothe (Nov. 18, 2002). In recognition of his achievement, Howard will receive an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Griffins home game.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80