NEW YORK/TORONTO (Dec. 5, 2005) -- San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, who led all scorers with six points (one goal, five assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, December 4. Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who backstopped the Predators to three consecutive victories, one by shootout, and recorded a 1.30 goals-against average and .952 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.
Phoenix Coyotes left wing Ladislav Nagy (3-2--5 in two games) and Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic (2-3--5 in three games) were runners-up for offensive honors, while goaltenders Martin Biron of the Buffalo Sabres (3-0-0, 2.35 GAA), Ilya Bryzgalov of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA) and John Grahame of the Tampa Bay Lightning (2-0-0, 1.44 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.
Marleau posted a pair of three-point games as the Sharks opened their inter-conference schedule with consecutive road victories against Northeast Division opponents. The Sharks captain tallied three assists and was named Second Star of a 5-0 victory at Buffalo Friday, ending the Sabres' five-game winning streak, and recorded a goal and two assists and earned First Star honors in a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday. San Jose had opened the week with a 4-1 loss at Dallas Wednesday.
Marleau leads the Sharks in goals (11) and power-play goals (seven) and ranks second in scoring (11-18--29) in 26 games. The second overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Marleau, 26, is in his eighth NHL season. He ranks second on the Sharks' all-time list in career games (584), goals (164) and points (356). The Sharks (10-12-4, 24 points) begin a four-game homestand Tuesday against Atlanta (10:30 p.m., ET, OLN).
Vokoun turned aside all 31 shots in a 2-0 victory against Calgary Tuesday, stopped 19 shots in a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild Thursday and made 30 saves in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday. Vokoun stopped both shootout attempts, foiling Mike Knuble and League goal-scoring leader Simon Gagne
Vokoun leads NHL goaltenders in victories, posting a 15-4-2 record, 2.40 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 21 appearances. The Predators (17-4-3, 37 points) are second in the Central Division, one point behind the Detroit Red Wings with four games in hand.