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Tucker named player of week

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs center Darcy Tucker has been named NHL Player of the Week for the period of Monday, April 8 through Sunday, April 14. Tucker led all NHL scorers with nine points (four goals, five assists) and a plus/minus rating of +6 as the Maple Leafs completed the 2001-02 season with four consecutive wins.

Darcy Tucker has been hot since a two-game suspension.
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Tucker edged Maple Leafs teammate center Mats Sundin (2-5-7 in four games, +4 rating), St. Louis Blues goaltender Brent Johnson (3-0-0, 1.63 GAA, .921 save %) and Vancouver Canucks left wing Markus Naslund (5-1-6 in three games, +4 rating) to capture his first career NHL Player of the Week award.

Tucker opened the week with two assists in a 4-1 home victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 8. On April 10, he scored two goals, including the game-winner, to help the Maple Leafs defeat the New York Rangers 7-2. On April 12, Tucker scored a goal and added two assists in a 5-2 road win over the Pittsburgh Penguins before notching a goal and an assist in a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on April 13, closing theregular season on a seven-game scoring streak (6-7-13).

In his seventh NHL season, the 27-year-old native of Castor, Alberta has recorded 59 points (24 goals, 35 assists) in 77 games, marking career highs in goals, assists and points. He finished the season second in team scoring behind Toronto captain Mats Sundin and posted a team-best +24 rating.

Toronto will host the New York Islanders in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series on Thursday, April 18 at Air Canada Centre (7 pm, CBC).
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