The Five hole: A five-step trip through the stars and numbers of the week for March 16-22

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Seth Wenig, Associated Press
BAD NEWS: This week saw another on-ice incident that cast a cloud over the NHL. Just 21 seconds into the Rangers-Flyers game Wednesday in New York, the Rangers' Colton Orr picked a fight with the Flyers' Todd Fedoruk and dropped him with a blow to the face that could keep him out the remainder of the season.

1. Stand up

The best players of the past week (March 16-22)

LW Alexander Semin, Washington Capitals
4 goals, 4 assists ... +5
In a 7-1 rout of the Southeast Division rival Lightning Sunday, Semin netted a hat trick.

C Olli Jokinen, Florida Panthers
4 goals, 5 assists ... +7
Two goals and four assists by Jokinen helped the Panthers beat the Islanders, 8-5, Saturday.

RW Milan Michalek, San Jose Sharks
4 goals, 5 assists ... +8
Michalek had the winning goal and two assists in a 5-1 rout of the Thrashers Thursday.

D Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens
2 goals, 2 assists ... +1
A power-play goal and an assist by Markov helped lead to a 6-3 defeat of the rival Bruins Thursday.

G Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
3-0-1 ... 0.74 GAA, .967 save pct.
Lundqvist had shutouts against the Bruins (7-0) Saturday and the Flyers (5-0) Wednesday.

D Scott Hannan, San Jose Sharks
1 goal, 2 assists ... +6
In a 3-0 win against the Blue Jackets March 16, Hannan collected a short-handed goal.

2. Calder comparison

How young Penguins standout Evgeni Malkin compares to last season's leading Calder Cup contenders Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin at similar stages of their rookie seasons (Through Thursday):

Evgeni Malkin: '06-07
70 games, 78 points, 31 goals, 47 assists, +2
The skinny: Malkin collected a power-play assist in a 4-3 defeat of the Senators Sunday.

Sidney Crosby: '05-06
70 games, 80 points, 32 goals, 48 assists, -7
The skinny: Crosby scored the winning goal and had an assist in a 4-3 defeat of the rival Islanders, March 24, 2006.

Alexander Ovechkin: '05-06
70 games, 92 points, 48 goals, 44 assists, +5
The skinny: Ovechkin scored a goal and a power-play assist in a 3-1 win against the Hurricanes, March 25, 2006.

3. Collecting overtime

Playing overtime games during the regular season can take a toll on a team. Playing all those extra minutes can add wear and tear and hurt teams going into the playoffs. The leaders in the most and fewest overtime minutes during the regular season (through Thursday):

The MostThe LeastTeamMinutesTeamMinutesPenguins108:24Sharks17:31Wild100:25Oilers33:04Devils89:29Coyotes44:32Sabres88:11Hurricanes45:27Thrashers80:54Flyers45:59Rangers80:11Senators48:50

4. He said what?

"They take and take and take and take and never give back, and I'm sick of it."

Jim Lites, Dallas Stars president on the Nashville Predators' failing to recognize a career milestone by the Stars' Mike Modano in a 3-2 Predators win Saturday.

5. The fan's hat trick

Thrashers at Penguins, 1 p.m. today
It's difficult to find as high-scoring a matchup as when Keith Tkachuk and the Thrashers come to town to meet Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins. (TV: FSN Pittsburgh)

Hurricanes at Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Two teams with high expectations that are struggling to stay in playoff contention meet as Eric Staal and the Hurricanes face Darcy Tucker and the Maple Leafs.

Red Wings at Predators, 8 p.m. Thursday
Todd Bertuzzi will play his fourth game in a Red Wings jersey when he plays Paul Kariya and the Predators in an important Western Conference game. (TV: HDNet)


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