NEW YORK - Chris Mason is the NHL's first star of the week after posting a 4-0-0 record to help the St. Louis Blues climb up to eighth in the Western Conference.
Vancouver Canucks left-winger Daniel Sedin took second-star honours while Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward was the third star.
Mason had a 1.72 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in victories over Los Angeles, Vancouver and in both ends of a home-and-home with Columbus.
He's started the Blues' past 27 games, is 20-7-5 in his past 32 outings with four shutouts and a 2.03 GAA, and thinks he can play all the remaining games this season.
"I'm getting good rest on the off days, and they are taking care of me like that," Mason said on a conference call.
"I'm definitely saving my energy for the games, and, you know, at this point in the season, you just find the energy. It's just when you go out on the ice and you're playing these games that mean so much, you just find the energy."
Behind Mason, the Blues have are now in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003-04.
"I think we are a bunch of underdogs in that room, and we are fighting to prove ourselves," said Mason. "We are fighting for recognition, and basically to get in the playoffs. That's our goal, and we are hungry and we want this so bad."
Sedin scored four goals and assisted on four others as the Canucks won three of their four games.
Ward was 3-0-0 record in three outings with a 1.32 GAA and .957 save percentage as the Hurricanes climbed to fifth in the Eastern Conference.