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CAROLINA'S TOM BARRASSO NAMED NHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
  Tom Barrasso
  Barrasso went 3-1 with a 1.73 goals against average to take home the NHL's Player of the Week honor.
NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2001) -- Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Tom Barrasso has been named NHL Player of the Week for the period of Monday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 16. Barrasso posted a 3-1-0 record, a 1.73 goals-against average, a .943 save percentage and one shutout to help the Hurricanes improve to ninth place in the NHL's overall standings (16-12-4-4 in 36 games).

Barrasso edged Vancouver Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier (2-0-1, 1.15 GAA, .955 save pct., two shutouts), Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Alexander Mogilny (2-6-8 in three games, +2 rating), Carolina center Rod Brind'Amour (2-6-8 in four games, +9 rating) and Nashville Predators goaltender Mike Dunham (2-0-1, 1.62 GAA, .948 save %) to capture his fifth career NHL Player of the Week award. He last received the honor in February, 1998 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Barrasso opened the week with a season-best 40-save performance, backstopping the Hurricanes to a 4-3 overtime victory over the New York Rangers on Dec. 10. On Dec. 12, he made 28 saves as Carolina defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1. On Dec. 14, Barrasso turned away 36 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres and stopped 11 shots on Dec. 16 in a 7-0 road win over Pittsburgh to record his 37th career shutout.

In his 18th NHL season, the 36-year-old Boston native has posted a 9-8-3 record, a 2.21 goals-against average, a .922 save percentage and two shutouts in 21 games. Barrasso signed as a free agent with the Hurricanes on July 17, 2001 after missing the entire 2000-01 season. With a career record of 362-267-84 in 754 games, Barrasso ranks second among all-time U.S.-born goaltenders in wins, games played (John Vanbiesbrouck, 877 GPI, 372 wins) and shutouts (Frank Brimsek, 40).

NHL Player of the Week Winners, 2001-02 Season

Date, Player

Oct. 3-7, Roman Turek, Calgary
Oct. 8-14, Mark Parrish, NY Islanders
Oct. 15-21, Patrik Elias, New Jersey
Oct. 22-28, Jarome Iginla, Calgary
Oct. 29-Nov. 4, Brian Boucher, Philadelphia
Nov. 5-11, Jocelyn Thibault, Chicago
Nov. 12-18, Patrick Roy, Colorado
Nov. 19-25, Nikolai Khabibulin, Tampa Bay
Nov. 26-Dec. 2, Mike Richter, NY Rangers
Dec. 3-9, Joe Sakic, Colorado
Dec. 10-16, Tom Barrasso, Carolina
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