Another week down, and another weekly awards post up. This week was yet again dominated by the New York Rangers, and the New York Knicks, although in a not as good way for the Knicks. Here are our weekly New York Sports Awards.
Team of the Week: New York Rangers
For the sixth consecutive week, the New York Rangers have taken the New York Sports Hub Team of the Week honor. The Rangers went 3-1, highlighted by a 7-2 thrashing of the Anaheim Ducks. Cam Talbot is continuing to dominate in net, giving up just five goals over the course of four games in the net. The Rangers victory over the Ducks also puts them in prime position to win the President’s Trophy, as they now have the most points in the league and have two games in hand. Will the Rangers ever lose this award? Probably not anytime soon considering the downhill spiral New York sports is currently enduring.
Play of the Week: Jesper Fast’s spin around goal against the Hurricanes
Not much to say about this one, the video does all the justice it deserves. Beautiful goal all around by Fast.
Game of the Week: Rangers defeat the Anaheim Ducks 7-2 to take over first place in the NHL
This one was definitely one to remember. The Rangers were two points behind the Ducks and Canadiens for the league lead in points, and had a chance to tie both, and after tiebreakers were factored in, take the lead in the league. They were on fire throughout, dominating the Ducks from every standpoint. Keith Yandle and Derek Stepan both had three points and Talbot was brilliant after a rough start. The win gave New York the top spot in the NHL, one point shy of the 100 point plateau.
Player of the Week: Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets
Lopez was huge for the Nets this week, and was critical in their 3-1 week that gained them ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race. He averaged 21 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, and 3 blocks per game while shooting 67% from the field. He had his best game in a triple overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks, where he put up 32 points on 13-20 shooting to go along with 18 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 2 assists in a huge win for Brooklyn, that helped them edge themselves back in playoff contention.
Transaction of the Week: Giants Sign Kenrick Ellis
The Giants clearly had a need at defensive tackle, and they filled it quite nicely. They signed New York Jets Defensive Tackle Kenrick Ellis, who will most likely start alongside Jonathan Hankins on opening day. Ellis is a certified run stuffer, shining in his limited playing time. He was buried on the depth chart throughout his career, falling behind elite players such as Sione Pouha and Damon Harrison, but should finally get a chance with the Giants under the defensive guidance of Steve Spagnuolo.
Worst Team of the Week: New York Knicks
While the Knicks did have a wonderful win against the streaking San Antonio Spurs, all of that was quickly negated. They lost to the two worst teams in the league aside from them, the Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves, before getting blown out by the Toronto Raptors. Not a good week, but hey, what can we expect? These are the New York Knicks after all.
Worst Player of the Week: Lou Amundson, New York Knicks.
Amundson had a solid effort against the Spurs, but was atrocious the last three games. He shot 3-17 in the final 3 games, and due to the Knicks thin rotation, they had no option but to continue to play him. Not his best week.