NEW YORK – Detroit Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Regional Director of Pharmacy Joanne MacDonald were named the NHL’s “First Stars” for the week ending May 2.
MacDonald is a pharmacy leader within the Saint Joseph Mercy Healthcare System, overseeing five hospitals and providing support to more than 100 colleagues in the Southeast Michigan area – including hospital and retail pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and clinical dietitians. MacDonald’s team, which is responsible for preparing and coordinating the distribution of medications and vaccines to patients across the healthcare continuum, ensures colleagues have the resources they need and clear processes in place to provide safe, high quality patient care.
Throughout the past year, MacDonald has worked to implement high safety standards that have prevented the spread of COVID-19 in clinical care areas. Additionally, she helped plan, coordinate and deploy clinics in Southeast Michigan, which began administering coronavirus vaccines to colleagues in the healthcare system and the community in December 2020.
Whether it’s early in the morning, late in the evening or on the weekend, you will often find MacDonald vaccination clinics providing inspiration and leadership to their team. She is the behind-the-scenes healthcare hero that most patients will never have the benefit of meeting, but those who work alongside her see MacDonald’s many contributions and the countless lives she has benefited from.
To round off the “three stars” of the week, the Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Below is more information about the performance of each NHL player:
FIRST STAR – THOMAS GREISS, L, DETROIT RED WINGS
Greiss stopped all 66 shots he faced through 130: 00 of regulation and overtime – and made six more saves in shootouts – to win two shutouts as well as a 1-0-1 record for the Red Wings (18-27-9, 45 points). He deflected 33 shots in overtime and denied one of three attempts he saw in the shootout, in a 1-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 27. Greiss went on to record his second straight shutout – and the 15th of his career – with 33 more saves, plus five more in the shootout, in a 1-0 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning on May 1. It was the third time Greiss had posted consecutive shutouts in his NHL career (also Jan. 16-19, 2017). , and Jan. 18 through Feb. 1, 2019, both with NYI) and the first time a Detroit goaltender has accomplished the feat since Jan. 14 and 22, 2018 (Petr Mrazek). The 35-year-old Füssen, Germany native has made 33 total appearances this season (his first for the Red Wings), compiling a 7-15-8 record, a 2.73 goals-against average, save percentage of .911 and two shutouts. .
SECOND STAR – CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS
McDavid topped the NHL with 4-6-10 and a +6 odds (tied) in four games to take the Oilers (30-17-2, 62 points) to a week of 3-1-0 and the second place in Scotland NHL North Division. He had seven points in two games against the Winnipeg Jets, posting 3 1-4 (including his third hat trick and his 10th game-winning goal of the campaign) in a 6-1 win on April 26 and helping out Edmonton’s three goals. in a 3-1 triumph on April 28. McDavid was sidelined in a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on April 29, but rebounded with 1-2-3 in the 10th and final game of the Battle of Alberta this season – a 4-1 win on May 1. The 24-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., Native and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner leads the NHL with 29-58-87 in 49 total outings this season, 16 points more than the next closest player (teammate Leon Draisaitl: 24-47-71).
THIRD STAR – SEMYON VARLAMOV, G, NEW YORK ISLANDS
Varlamov dismissed the 53 shots he faced in two games – both against the New York Rangers – to collect two shutouts and help the Islanders (31-15-5, 67 points) clinch their victory. third place in a row in the playoffs. He made 25 saves in a 4-0 triumph on April 29, followed by 28 saves for his fourth shutout against Rangers this season in a 3-0 victory on May 1. This latest performance extended Varlamov’s shutout streak to 213: 56 (as of April 20), eclipsing the franchise record set by Glenn Resch in 1975-76 (178: 29). The 33-year-old Samara, Russia native has made 33 total appearances this season, leading the League with seven shutouts while also ranking among the top scorers in goals against average (5th; 1.99), percentage of saves (5th ;. 930) and wins (t 6th; 19).