NEW YORK (April 5, 2004) -- Washington Capitals center Jeff Halpern, who led all NHL players in scoring with eight points (four goals, four assists) and a +8 rating in four games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 4.
| Belfour was named the NHL's Defensive Player of the Week. |
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour, who moved into a third-place tie with Jacques Plante on the all-time victories list after going 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, a .971 save percentage and two shutouts, has been named Defensive Player of the Week.
Florida Panthers center Olli Jokinen (3-5--8 in four games) and Vancouver Canucks center Brendan Morrison (1-6--7, +8 in four games) were runners-up for offensive honors, while Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier (4-0-0, 1.25 goals-against average) and New York Islanders defenseman Adrian Aucoin (4-1--5 in three games) were runners-up for the defensive award.
Halpern had multiple points in three of four games, beginning with one goal and two assists in a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins March 30. He tallied the tying goal in a 3-3 draw at Boston April 1, notched two goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers April 3 and earned a pair of assists in a 4-3 loss to the Penguins April 4.
Halpern led the Capitals in scoring this season, tallying a career-high 46 points (19 goals, 27 assists) in 79 games. The Potomac, Md., native finished the season with a flourish, recording 6-8--14 in his last 10 games.
Belfour stopped 23 of 25 shots in a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers March 29 and stopped 17 shots in a 2-0 victory at Buffalo April 2. He notched his second consecutive road shutout over a Northeast Division rival with a 28-save performance in a 6-0 victory at Ottawa April 3, tying Jacques Plante for third place on the all-time victories list
(435) and Martin Brodeur for eighth place in career shutouts (75).
Belfour finished the season with a 34-19-6 record, a 2.13 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and a career-best 10 shutouts in 59 games. He finished second in the League in shutouts and tied for third in victories. The Maple Leafs (45-24-10-3, 103 points) earned the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and host the Ottawa Senators Thursday in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final.