It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week (whether the week was good or not). Last week, Sione Pouha was the winner, as he led the New York in a dominant defensive performance against the Bills. This week, Gang Green was shellacked by the Patriots, the New York Giants lost a tough one to the 49ers, the New York Rangers kept on winning, going 2-0, the New Jersey Devils went 2-1 and the New York Islanders were 0-2-1. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Marian Gaborik: He and Derek Stepan have a good thing going, and Gaborik is taking advantage of all those seeing-eye passes he's getting from his new center. Gaborik scored two goals in the win over the Senators on Wednesday, and even when he doesn't score, like in Friday's game, he still generates plenty of chances and is a dynamo on the ice. He now has 15 points in 15 games (nine goals, six assists).
Dan Girardi: John Tortorella is furious that his best defenseman isn't listed on the All-Star ballot, but we'll show some love for Girardi by making him a nominee on this list. In the two games this week, he scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Friday's game (on a perfect, no-look feed from Brad Richards), was a plus-3 in the pair of games, had 10 hits, four blocked shots and played just about half of each game, continuing to lead the league in ice time. Girardi's as solid a defenseman as there is these days.â†µ
Adam Larsson: We'll keep going with the defensive theme, as the Devils' phenom scored his first NHL goal on Friday, one day before his 19th birthday. New Jersey's leaning heavily on their rookie, and for the most part he hasn't played like an 18-year-old (now 19-year-old) but one who is wise beyond his years.â†µ
Matt Moulson: It wasn't a great week for the Islanders, but Moulson was productive, scoring two goals and assisting on two others in the three games, and he was a plus-1. The left wing has four goals and five assists on the season.â†µ
Mario Manningham: It's tough to pick a Giant when the team loses, but we'll go with Manningham. He was questionable to even play in Sunday's game, but he hauled in six passes for 77 yards, made a perfect catch in the back of the end zone for a touchdown and caught a crucial fourth-down, fourth-quarter pass, though there was no late-game miracle for the Giants this time around.â†µ
Santonio Holmes: What do we do with the ? Like the Giants, there's not much to choose from, but we'll also go with a receiver. Holmes had his most productive game of the year, catching six passes for 93 yards. And when the Jets actually looked good in Sunday's debacle (in the opening drive), Holmes was a big reason why.â†µ