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Huet NHL's Defensive Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens


MONTREAL - Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet, who led Montreal to three victories with a 0.65 goals-against average, .979 save percentage and two shutouts, was named the NHL's Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 2.  It is the second time this season Huet has earned the honors, in addition to being runner-up on three occasions.

Huet began the week by recording his sixth shutout of the season and the 10th of his NHL career, making 36 saves in a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders March 28. The 30-year-old netminder turned aside 27 of 29 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals on March 30 and made 32 saves for his seventh shutout in a 2-0 victory over Boston on April 1.  It was his third shutout in four starts against the Bruins this season, allowing just two goals in those games.

The Grenoble, France native improved to 17-8-4 in 32 games and leads all NHL goaltenders with a 2.06 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

2005-06 NHL Players of the Week
Week Offensive Defensive
Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 2006 Steven Reinprecht, Phoenix Cristobal Huet, Montreal
Mar. 21-26, 2006 Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Vesa Toskala, San Jose
Mar. 14-20, 2006 Michael Nylander, NY Rangers Tomas Vokoun, Nashville
Mar. 7-13, 2006 Olli Jokinen, Florida Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders
Feb. 28-Mar. 6, 2006 Eric Staal, Carolina Cristobal Huet, Montreal
Feb. 6-Feb. 13,2006 Patrick Marleau, San Jose Manny Legace, Detroit
Jan. 30-Feb. 5,2006 Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Ryan Miller, Buffalo
Jan. 23-29,2006 David Vyborny, Columbus Marty Turco, Dallas
Jan. 16-22, 2006 Alexander Ovechkin, Wahington Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Jan. 9-15,2006 Eric Staal, Carolina Martin Brodeur, New Jersey
Jan. 2-8, 2006 Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Niittymaki, Philly & Aebischer, Colorado
Dec. 26, 2005-Jan. 1, 2006 Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Manny Fernandez, Minnesota
Dec. 19-25, 2005 Marian Hossa, Atlanta Ryan Miller, Buffalo
Dec. 12-18, 2005 Brendan Shanahan, Detroit Roberto Luongo, Florida
Dec. 5-11, 2005 Joe Thornton, San Jose Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary
Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2005 Patrick Marleau, San Jose Tomas Vokoun, Nashville
Nov. 21-27, 2005 Jason Spezza, Ottawa Mike Morrison, Edmonton
Nov. 14-20, 2005 Bryan McCabe, Toronto Curtis Sanford, St. Louis
Nov. 7-13, 2005 Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Marty Turco, Dallas
Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2005 Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary
Oct. 24-30, 2005 Eric Staal, Carolina Henrik Lundqvist, NY Rangers
Oct. 17-23, 2005 Craig Conroy, Los Angeles Manny Legace, Detroit
Oct. 10-16, 2005 Steve Sullivan, Nashville Bryan McCabe, Toronto
Oct. 5-9, 2005 Marc Savard, Atlanta Roberto Luongo, Florida
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