The Five hole: A five-step trip through the stars and numbers of the week for April 6-12

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SNAPSHOT OF A LONG NIGHT: Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo looks back at one Dallas shot that managned to get past him in Game 1 of their NHL playoff series Wednesday. It would be a rarity. Luongo made 72 saves in a game finally won by the Canucks, 5-4, in the fourth overtime.

1. Stand up

The best players of the past week (April 6-12)

LW Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
36 goals, 48 assists ... +19
While helping the Canucks win the Northwest Division, Sedin set career highs in goals and points.

C Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
36 goals, 84 assists ... +10
Crosby became the youngest winner of the Art Ross Trophy by scoring 120 points.

RW Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators
50 goals, 55 assists ... +31
Along with Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier (52), Heatley was one of two players to reach 50 goals.

D Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks

15 goals, 54 assists ... +6
Niedermayer leads all blue-liners in points and assists and led Anaheim to Pacific Division title.

G Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
48-23-7 ... 2.18 GAA, .922 save pct.
The 35-year-old showed no signs of slowing down as he established a career high with 12 shutouts.

D Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
13 goals, 49 assists ... +40
Lidstrom's first season as Detroit's captain saw him lead all defensemen in plus-minus.


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
78 games, 85 points, 33 goals, 52 assists, +2
The skinny: Malkin established an NHL record by becoming the first player to score a goal in each of his first six games.

Sidney Crosby: '05-06
81 games, 102 points, 39 goals, 63 assists, -1
The skinny: Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history to top the century mark in points.

Alexander Ovechkin: '05-06
81 games, 106 points, 52 goals, 54 assists, +2
The skinny: The 2005-06 Calder Trophy winner joined Teemu Selanne as the only players to top 50 goals as a rookie.


3. 13 years later

The last year the Colorado Avalanche franchise missed the playoffs was 1994. Some things have changed since that time while others haven't:

1994 2007NordiquesTeam nameAvalancheQuebec CityCityDenverBlue & WhiteColorsBurgandy & BlueNortheastDivisionNorthwestPierre PageCoachJoel Quenville0Stanley Cup banners2Stephane FisetGoaltenderPeter BudajJoe SakicCaptainJoe SakicJoe SakicLeading scorerJoe Sakic

4. He said what?

"It's not like I'm going to go out and get drunk if I don't play."

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks goaltender on the possibility of not playing in the second game of his team's series against the Minnesota Wild Friday.


5. The fan's hat trick

Penguins at Senators, 3 p.m. today
Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins will need a better start in the second game of this series or they might get run over by Dany Heatley and the Senators again. (TV: WPXI)

Rangers at Thrashers, 3 p.m. today
Jaromir Jagr and Michael Nylander each scored two points and lifted the Rangers to a 4-3 win against Marian Hossa and the Thrashers in the first game of their Thursday.

Canucks at Stars, 9:30 p.m. Sunday
The first game of this series Wednesday saw Vancouver's Roberto Luongo outlast his counterpart Marty Turco, 5-4, in a 5 1/2 hour, four-overtime marathon. (TV: Versus)



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