NEW YORK/TORONTO (Jan. 16, 2006) – Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal, who tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, January 15. New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who led the Devils to three victories with a 0.65 goals against average and .975 save percentage is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne
, who posted eight points (2-6--8 in four games) and Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin (5-1--6 in three games) were runners-up for offensive honors, while goaltenders Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars (2-0-0, 0.97 GAA), Kari Lehtonen of the Atlanta Thrashers (2-0-0, 1.44 GAA) and David Aebischer of the Colorado Avalanche (3-0-0, 1.63 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.
Staal recorded points in all three Hurricanes games as Carolina went 3-0-0 for the week. He opened the week with two assists in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 10. On Jan. 13 he recorded one assist in a 5-4 overtime win over the Nashville Predators and then recorded three goals and one assist in a 4-2 win over St. Louis Blues on Jan. 15.
Staal leads the Hurricanes in scoring and is seventh in the NHL with 59 points (29-30–59). His 29 goals tie him for fourth in the League while his 12 power play goals tie him for sixth and three short handed goals place him tied for third in the NHL. The Hurricanes (30-10-4) lead the Southeast Division, the Eastern Conference and the overall NHL standings with 64 points. Carolina travels to Philadelphia to play the Flyers on Tuesday, host the New York Islanders on Thursday and play the Capitals in Washington on Saturday.
Brodeur began the week by making 22 saves as the Devils defeated Philadelphia 3-0 on Jan. 9. On Jan. 13 he made 26 saves, posting his second shutout of the week and 78th of his career, as the Devils defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-0. On Jan. 15, he made 29 saves as New Jersey defeated the Black Hawks 3-2 in a shootout in Chicago.
Appearing in 37 of New Jersey's 45 games this season Brodeur has posted a record of 20-14-3, a 2.68 goals-against average and .903 save percentage. His victory over Chicago gives him a career total of 423, tying him for fifth all-time with Tony Esposito. The Devils are eighth in the Eastern Conference with 49 points (22-18-5) and visit St. Louis on Tuesday and Nashville on Thursday before meeting the New York Islanders at home on Saturday.
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