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Howard named AHL player of the week

Tuesday, 01.27.2009 / 3:09 PM ET / News
By Randy Cleves  - Griffins Senior Director of Public Relations
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Howard named AHL player of the week
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Griffins goalie Jimmy Howard has been named the American Hockey League Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 25, the league announced on Tuesday.

In two games, Howard went 2-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.94 goals against average and a .971 save percentage, denying 67 of the 69 shots he faced. After making 24 saves in Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime win against Toronto, he stopped a career-high 43 shots, plus all five shootout attempts, to log his 13th career shutout and earn First Star honors in Saturday’s 1-0 triumph over Quad City.

Howard is 8-3-0 over his last 11 games (Dec. 17-Jan. 24) with three shutouts, a 1.63 GAA and a 942 save percentage, having allowed two or fewer goals in each of those eight wins. During that span, he has risen dramatically from 36th to seventh in the AHL’s goaltender rankings, improving to 13-10-2 with a 2.40 GAA (7th in AHL), a .913 save percentage and three shutouts (T5th in AHL).

During Saturday’s shutout of the Flames, Howard passed current New York Islander Joey MacDonald to become the Griffins’ all-time leader in saves (now 4,275 to 4,251), marking the third statistical category in which he has claimed the top spot over MacDonald this season (167 to 164 in games played, and 9540:09 to 9208:13 in minutes played). Howard is also getting ready to pass his old teammate as the franchise’s leader in wins (88 to 82, six away) and shutouts (16 to 13, three away).

Howard becomes the second Griffin this season to win the AHL’s Player of the Week award (Francis Pare, Dec. 21) and the first player in the team’s eight AHL seasons to win it twice, following his March 20, 2006 honor. His resume also includes an AHL All-Star Classic selection in 2007-08, an AHL All-Rookie Team nod in 2005-06, and a pair of AHL Goaltender of the Month awards (Dec. 2007, March 2006).

In recognition of his achievement, Howard will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Griffins home game.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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