January 27, 2004
TORONTO (AP) -- Kevin Weeks is quietly enjoying a career seasonwhile playing for one of the worst teams in the NHL.
Weekes made 32 saves for his career-best sixth shutout of theseason and Erik Cole scored a short-handed goal as the CarolinaHurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 Tuesday night.
Weekes has the second most shutouts in the NHL this season, fourfewer than New Jersey's Martin Brodeur. Weekes is 17-17-7 thisseason and is the only goalie to win a game for the Hurricanes.
He's never had a .500 season in his seven year career.
|Weekes stopped 32 shots for the shutout. |
(D. Sandford/Getty Images)
"It would be important, but everything is relative. I've neverhad the luxury of playing for the Dallas Stars or the New JerseyDevils," said Weekes, who has also played for Florida, Tampa Bay,the New York Islanders and Vancouver.
"Sometimes adversity provides opportunity. I've played on teamsthat were very young, much like myself. There aren't many youngplayers that can step in and play for the Colorado Avalanche whenthey are in their peak, especially a goalie. Sometimes it takes ateam being at rock-bottom to get that opportunity."
The 28-year-old Toronto native made several impressive saves inearning his 19th career shutout. More than a few Toronto playersmissed the net with shots.
Toronto outshot Carolina 32-19, but went 0-for-6 on the powerplay.
"The only way to beat Toronto in their own building is to havegreat goaltending and to capitalize on a couple of opportunities,"Carolina's Jeff O'Neill said.
Josef Vasicek also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won justtwo of their last six games. Toronto entered tied for the mostpoints in the Eastern Conference.
Bret Hedican assisted on Cole's breakaway goal. Hedican shot thepuck off the boards to Cole, who streaked toward the net beforeputting a wrist shot over Ed Belfour's glove midway through thefirst.
Vasicek gave Carolina a 2-0 lead with 3:10 remaining in thethird after defenceman Tomas Kaberle turned the puck over bypassing in front of his own net.
"They were both lousy goals," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said."We had enough chances. We couldn't beat their goalie."
Toronto forward Mikael Renberg didn't return after pulling hishamstring in the second. The Maple Leafs are already missingforwards Alexander Mogilny, Owen Nolan, Darcy Tucker, anddefenceman Wade Belak because of injuries.
Weekes made a nice glove save on Renberg's shot from in front inthe first. His kick save kept Bryan McCabe from scoring late in theperiod.
Toronto's Tie Domi couldn't put a rebound past Weekes despite anopen net midway through the third, and Weekes robbed Joe Nieuwendykof a goal with a kick save with two minutes left.
The Hurricanes are last in the NHL with 94 goals in 51 games. ... Carolina centre Rod Brind'Amour missed his second straight game because of a groin injury. ... Nolan has missed 10 straight games since being high-sticked in the left eye on Jan. 3 against Buffalo. He is still suffering from vision problems and headaches.