It's Monday morning, which means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Victor Cruz was the winner, despite the New York Giants' devastating loss to the Eagles. This week, the New York Jets pulled out a come-from-behind victory over the Bills, the New York Rangers went 2-1, the New Jersey Devils were 2-2 and the New York Islanders earned three points, going 1-2-1. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Mark Sanchez: The Jets' beleaguered quarterback was all over the map on Sunday afternoon, but he came through when his team needed him most. He only completed 48.6 percent of his passes (17-for-35) and again tossed a killer interception, which led directly to a Buffalo touchdown, but Sanchez threw four touchdown passes and authored the fourth-quarter game-winning drive to save the Jets' season, at least for the time being. Sanchez threw for 180 yards and finished with a 90.2 passer rating.â†µ
Plaxico Burress: Sanchez couldn't have completed the final drive without Burress. The receiver made a pair of crucial catches, one a 14-yard reception that got the Jets into Buffalo territory and the other a spectacular one-handed grab on a third-and-11 play, which resulted in an 18-yard gain. Burress scored a touchdown in the second quarter, and hauled in four catches in all, for 54 yards.â†µ
Henrik Lundqvist: The Rangers ended their little two-game slide with a pair of victories in which they did everything right. And right up front in their success was Lundqvist. He played a great game in the team's 2-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, making 36 saves. He kept his team close on Friday until they exploded for four second-period goals in the 6-3 win over Washington. And he then put the finishing touches on his week by whitewashing the Flyers, making 29 saves and defeating Philadelphia 2-0. Lundqvist and the Rangers have given up the fewest goals in the league, with only 41 allowed in 20 games. (And we'll give a shoutout to Carl Hagelin, who scored his first NHL goal on Saturday, one day after notching his first point with an assist.)â†µ
Michael Grabner: He's the fastest man in hockey, and Grabner flashed a little craftiness, too, on Saturday when he stole the puck from Ilya Kovalchuk and scored a shorthanded goal, which proved to be the game-winner over the Devils (though they had to sweat out a video review of a Zach Parise almost-goal with two seconds left in the game). In the four games this week, Grabner scored two goals and assisted on two others. Honorable mention goes to Al Montoya and Kyle Okposo, who also had good weeks for the Islanders.â†µ
Johan Hedberg: While Martin Brodeur was masterful in the Devils' 2-1 shootout win over Columbus, he allowed seven goals in his other two games, and the offense only scored a total of seven goals in the four games this week. But Hedberg was flawless in his one game played, shutting out the Islanders on Friday, making 23 saves. And there was no room to spare, as they won the first of a home-and-home by a score of 1-0. It was Hedberg's second shutout of the season.