Rangers’ Brandon Dubinsky, Red Wings’ Andrej Sustr: How the playoffs changed the course of their careers
When Brandon Dubisky was in his first full season with the Detroit Red Wings, he knew that his next stop would be to the playoffs.
That’s what he had in mind when he signed a six-year, $40 million deal with the Rangers last summer.
Now that he has his first championship ring, the former Boston College standout knows he had a pretty good offseason to get ready for a new chapter.
Dubisky is averaging career highs in goals (17), assists (22), points (38) and shots on goal (41).
But he is also making history by becoming the first player in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP, which is given to the league’s top scorer.
Here are five other things to know about Dubisky: 1.
He is just the second player in franchise history to achieve that feat.
In 1991, Joe Pavelski won the award for the second time and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012.
Dubinsky’s accomplishment is just one of three times the award has been given to a player.
Duby’s name will also be mentioned in a Hall of Famers’ voting class.
He leads the Rangers in goals, points and shots against per game.
Dubzy is tied for second with five goals and three assists.
The other two players with at least 20 goals and 10 assists are Alexei Emelin and Pavel Bure.
Dubyk has won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings.
In 2008, he helped the Red Wing sweep the Eastern Conference finals, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the best goalie in the league.
The Wings then won a franchise-record 10 Stanley Cups.
He won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2013, when he was named MVP of the NHL.
Dubzik was the runner-up to Pavelski, who won the Vezina Trophy and the Hart.
Dubsy has been the best goal-scorer in the NHL during the playoffs this season.
He has 11 points (four goals, six assists) in the Red and White’s seven-game series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
His six power-play goals have given him a team-best 15 goals on the season.
The 6-foot-4, 214-pound forward has also scored nine goals in his past five games.
“He’s been a difference maker, and it’s just amazing,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said of Duby.
“I’ve watched him on the ice, he’s a really talented player and it just shows you how hard you have to work and how much work you have on your feet and what kind of confidence you have in your ability to score goals.”
5v5 stats: Dubinsky leads the Red-White Series with 15 points (five goals, seven assists) and a plus-10 rating.
He’s tied for fifth in the League with four power-plays goals, one short of tying for fifth with Jarome Iginla of the New Jersey Devils.
His 10 shots on net have helped him average 15:29 of ice time per game, which ranks fourth in the AHL.
He ranks fifth among AHL goalies in goals against average (1.99), plus/minus (plus-8) and save percentage (.933).