NEW YORK/TORONTO (February 13, 2006) -- San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, who led all NHL scorers with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in four games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, February 12. Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace, who led Detroit to three victories with a 1.67 goals-against average and .935 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brad Richards, who posted nine points (0-9--9 in four games), New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr (5-3--8 in three games) and San Jose forward Joe Thornton (3-6--9 in four games) were runners-up for offensive honors, while goaltenders Vesa Toskala of San Jose (3-0-0, 2.65 GAA), Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA) and Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames (2-0-0, 2.00 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.
Marleau recorded points in each game as the Sharks went 3-1-0 for the week. He recorded one goal and two assists in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames Feb. 6, posted one goal in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 8, notched four assists in a 6-3 win over Dallas Stars Feb. 10 and had two goals in a 5-4 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes Feb. 12.
Marleau is second on the Sharks and 13th in the League overall in scoring heading into the Olympic break with 64 points (25-39--64). The Sharks rank fourth in the Pacific Division with a record of 27-21-8 for 62 points.
Legace began the week by stopping all 20 shots as the Red Wings shut out the Nashville Predators 6-0 on Feb. 8. He made 32 saves in a 3-2 victory at Nashville Feb. 9 and turned aside 20 of 23 shots in a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche Feb. 12.
Appearing in 36 of Detroit's 57 games, Legace has posted a 25-6-2 record, a League-leading 1.99 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and five shutouts. The Red Wings (39-13-5, 83 points) lead the NHL overall standings.