SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 1, 2012) - The American Hockey League announced today that Anders Nilsson of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers has been named the Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month for February. In seven appearances, Nilsson went 6-0-1 with a 1.26 goals-against average, a .955 save percentage and one shutout as the Sound Tigers remained the hottest team in the AHL. Nilsson is the second straight Sound Tiger goalie to earn this monthly honor after Kevin Poulin was named Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month for January.
opened the month with a 23-save performance in a 6-2 win at Portland on
Feb. 3. He stopped 29 shots in an 8-1 win over Springfield on Feb. 11
and made 26 saves in a 3-2 comeback over Adirondack on Feb. 18, then
set a franchise record with his eighth consecutive win by stopping 20
shots in a 2-1 shootout victory over Hershey on Feb. 19. Nilsson then
earned his first AHL shutout with 26 saves vs. Albany on Feb. 20, and
he extended his scoreless streak to 141 minutes, 41 seconds during a
35-save effort in a 2-1 shootout loss at Springfield on Feb. 24.
who has not allowed more than two goals in a game while going 10-0-1 in
his last 11 starts, was a third-round draft pick by the New York
Islanders in 2009. The 21-year-old native of Lulea, Sweden, is 15-6-2
in 23 games for Bridgeport overall, ranking eighth in the AHL with a
2.32 GAA and sixth with his .925 save percentage. Nilsson made his NHL
debut with the Islanders earlier this season, appearing in two games.
recognition of his achievement, Nilsson will be presented with an
etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Sound Tigers home game.