Elvis Merzlikins is leading the way for the Blue Jackets.
The rookie goaltender was named the NHL's second star of the week on Monday afternoon, after wrapping up a week of three wins, two shutouts, and a staggering .982 save percentage. Alexander Ovechkin was the No. 1 star while Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews was the third star.
@Merzly30 was a perfect 3-0-0 last week with a pair of shutouts. He has now recorded three shutouts in his last four starts to become just the 7th rookie goaltender in the NHLs modern era (since 1943-44) to register three shutouts in a four-start span. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/iDZlspTaRp— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 20, 2020
Merzlikins posted a 0.67 goals-against average in those three appearances last week and stopped 107 of 109 shots faced. He shut out the Boston Bruins, 3-0, on Jan. 14 then made 32 saves in a 3-2 over Carolina on Thursday. His week wrapped with a remarkable 41-save shutout performance against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena.
He's the seventh rookie goaltender in NHL history to record three shutouts in the span of four games.