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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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89