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McCabe Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

November 21, 2005 

(NEW YORK/TORONTO)-- Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe, who posted 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, November 20. St. Louis Blues goaltender Curtis Sanford, who posted a 2-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and one shutout, has been named the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vaclav Prospal, who posted seven points (3-4--7 in four games), Colorado Avalanche forward Pierre Turgeon (2-5--7 in three games) and Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky (2-5--7 in three games) were runners-up for offensive honours, while Lightning goaltender John Grahame (3-0-0, 2.00 GAA) and Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.

McCabe tallied both goals in a 2-1 victory against the New York Rangers Tuesday, recorded a pair of assists in a 4-1 victory at Boston Thursday and notched his second game-winning goal of the week and added two assists in a 5-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Saturday.

Playing in his 10th NHL season, fourth with Toronto, McCabe leads the Maple Leafs and all NHL defencemen in scoring with 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 21 games.  The Maple Leafs (12-7-2, 26 points) are third in the Northeast Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Sanford turned aside 68 of 70 shots in two games as the Blues posted consecutive victories for the first time this season.  He stopped all 36 shots in a 2-0 victory at Columbus Wednesday, snapping the Blues' losing streak at 11 games and recording his second NHL shutout in just his 10th career appearance. Sanford closed the week with 32 saves in a 3-2 victory at Detroit Saturday.

Recalled from the AHL's Peoria Rivermen on November 11, Sanford made his first League appearance since the 2002-03 season the following day in Nashville.  The 26-year-old Owen Sound, Ontario native is 2-1-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average, .949 save percentage and one shutout in three NHL games this season and 7-2-0 in 11 career NHL appearances.


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