NEW YORK (Nov. 25, 2002) -- Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour, who posted consecutive shutouts against the division-leading Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers, has been named NHL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Nov. 24.
Belfour edged Carolina Hurricanes left wing Erik Cole (four goals, three assists, +5 in three games), Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux (two goals, eight assists in four games) and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Tommy Salo (2-0-1, 0.97 goals-against average) for the award.
Belfour posted his 60th and 61st career shutouts, tying Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy for the most among active goaltenders. Belfour made 29 saves in a 2-0 victory over the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins Nov. 19 and stopped 25 shots in a 6-0 victory over the Atlantic Division leaders, the Philadelphia Flyers, Nov. 23.
Appearing in 15 games, Belfour has posted a 7-6-2 record, 2.25 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and is tied for the League lead with three shutouts. The 37-year-old Carman, Manitoba native has a record of 6-3-1 in his past 10 games and has stopped 119 of 123 shots in his past four outings, a .967 save percentage, in compiling the shutout streak of 132:20 that he brings to tonight's game against Ottawa.
This marks Belfour's sixth career NHL Player of the Week award and first since December, 1997, as a member of the Dallas Stars.