NEW YORK/TORONTO (February 6, 2006) -- Vancouver Canucks forward Henrik Sedin, who tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, February 5. Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who led the Sabres to three victories with a 1.63 goals-against average and .944 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.
Minnesota Wild forward Marian Gaborik, who posted six points (5-1--6 in four games), Boston Bruins forward Brad Boyes (3-3--6 in four games) and Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin (2-4--6 in three games) were runners-up for offensive honors, while goaltenders Manny Legace of the Detroit Red Wings (3-0-0, 1.29 GAA, one shutout), Cristobal Huet of the Montreal Canadiens (2-1-0, 1.40 GAA, two shutouts in four games) and Curtis Sanford of the St. Louis Blues (3-1-0, 3.11 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.
Sedin recorded points in each game as the Canucks went 2-1-0 for the week. He recorded one goal and three assists in a 7-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Jan. 31, posted one goal and one assist in a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames Feb. 3 and notched one assist in a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers Feb. 4.
Sedin, who will represent Sweden at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, has collected 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in his past 11 games, leading Vancouver to a 7-4-0 record in that span. He leads the club in assists with 40 and is second in points with 54. The Canucks host Columbus tonight in the first of four home games leading into the Olympic break.
Miller began the week by turning aside 35 of 37 shots as the Sabres defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 5-2 on Jan. 31. He made 21 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Feb. 2 and stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators Feb. 4. Miller turned aside all three Ottawa shootout attempts, improving his season record in shootouts to 3-0 and his save percentage to .889 (eight saves in nine attempts).
Miller has posted a 18-7-0 record, a 2.18 goals-against average and .925 save percentage, helping the Sabres (34-15-3, 71 points) reach second place in the Northeast Division and seventh in the NHL overall. He has won his past five starts and is 12-3-0 since returning from a broken thumb Dec. 19.