This week in New York sports featured a lot of great performances. From the Rangers success to possibly Carmelo Anthony’s final appearance of this season, here are this weeks New York Sports Weekly Awards.
*due to the lack of NBA games this week, these will be very hockey heavy
Team of the Week- New York Rangers
The Rangers had a great week, going 3-0. Those 6 points were huge for New York, as they surpassed the Capitals for third in the Metropolitan division, and are withing striking distance of the Penguins and Islanders. The Rangers offense was on fire, scoring 16 goals in three games, while Cam Talbot game up 8 as goalie. The Rangers will look to build on their success tonight against the New York Islanders, who have a four point advantage on them in the division.
Player of the Week- Kevin Hayes, New York Rangers.
The Rangers rookie had an excellent week, and was a major part of their success. He put up 5 points (3 goals. 2 assists) in the three games, including a beautiful goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hayes also had a 5 +/-, an excellent mark for the rookie center. His coast to coast goal against the Avalanche this week sealed the deal for him as player of the week, as the goal was absolutely phenomenal.
Play of the Week- Kevin Hayes’ coast to coast goal against the Avalanche
The unlikely hero Hayes continued his brilliance Thursday night in Colorado, where he scored a sensational goal against the Avalanche. Scoring the unassisted goal, taking it from one side of the ice all the way to the other to give New York the 2-0 advantage. Definitely deserving of play of the week.
Game of the Week- New York Rangers vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Heading into this game, not many people thought it would amount to anything. The Maple Leafs are one of the worst teams in the league after all, but they put up an excellent fight. The Rangers got off to a quick start, taking a 2-0 lead in just ten minutes behind goals by Dan Boyle and Mats Zuccarelo, both assisted by Derrick Brassard and Rick Nash. A late Leafs goal by Morgan Reily would give the Rangers a 2-1 advantage heading into the second period, The second period was much like the first, with the Rangers outscoring Toronto 2-1, putting the score at 4-2 heading into the final period. Two Toronto goals would even the score at 4, before a Mats Zuccarello goal with 6 minutes left sealed the deal, giving the Rangers a 5-4 win. Rick Nash continued his outstanding season, finishing with 3 assists, and Zuccarello was the hero, having two goals.
Worst Player of the week- Carmelo Anthony, Eastern All-Stars.
In a game that Anthony was supposed to impress the home fans in, Melo did the complete 180. He struggled throughout, making just 6/20 shots and 2/13 3’s. He finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds, but was visibly hindered by his knee, missing a plethora of wide open shots. Anthony could have impressed and made a solid first impression on the impending free agent class who were competing in the all star game (Marc Gasol, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, Paul Millsap, LaMarcus Aldridge) but he instead seemed like a selfish shot chucker, finishing with a grand total of 0 assists.
Transaction of the Week- Knicks buying out Amare Stoudemire.
After 4.5 seasons with the New York Knicks, Amare Stoudemire’s time has ran out. The Knicks agreed to buy him out, releasing him into the free agent poll. Stoudemire is 32 years old and has yet to appear in the NBA finals, so it comes as no surprise he wanted to leave the 10-44 New York Knicks. Stoudemire is averaging 12 PPG and 6.8 RPG this season for New York.