Buffalo Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week on Monday after fashioning back-to-back shutouts in his last two starts.
Hutton stopped all 72 shots he faced in posting his first two shutouts as a Sabre. Hutton made 25 saves in last Monday's 4-0 win over Dallas and followed that with a 47-save blanking of Los Angeles in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings in Staples Center.
Hutton's 47 saves, including 19 in the third period, set a franchise record for the most by a goaltender in a regular-season shutout. Hutton joined Bob Sauve (1979) as the only Buffalo goalie with two shutouts over his first five appearances of a season.
"It’s great. I guess it’s a little accolade, personal stuff," Hutton said after practice Monday in KeyBank Center. "But at the end of the day, and I think I’m beating a drum here, I’m just glad we’re winning."
Why wasn't Hutton the league's First Star? That honor went to red-hot Boston winger David Pastrnak, who had seven goals and nine points in three games. The No. 2 star was Washington defenseman John Carlson, who had an eight-point week and took over the NHL lead in both assists (15) and points (18) through 10 games.
"It's OK though. The league don't run on Carter Hutton so it's all right," a smiling Hutton said. "It's good, great recognition ... I had it one time early in my career my first year in Nashville so it's always something that's kind of cool. You just want to win. As long as we're winning games, everyone is happy and it makes for a fun time."
For the season, Hutton is 5-0 with a 1.39 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. He entered Monday's play leading the NHL in shutouts, GAA and save percentage, and was tied for second in wins.
The Sabres (7-1-1) host San Jose Tuesday night in the back end of a rare home-and-home against a Western Conference team. With Linus Ullmark in goal, Buffalo closed its California trip with a 4-3 win over the Sharks Saturday night in SAP Center.