Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Morrison has been named the NHL Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, November 27, 2005.SOUND BITE: Morrison talks about being named NHL Defensive Player of the Week.
Morrison backstopped the Oilers to three consecutive victories, including two by shootout, during the week and recorded a 1.58 goals-against average and .933 save percentage to earn the League honour.More on Morrison: bio and career stats
Morrison began the week with 21 saves in a 2-1 shootout win versus the San Jose Sharks on Monday, November 21st. He stopped two of the three shootout attempts he faced versus the Sharks. Following the win over San Jose, Morrison and the Oilers went on the road and the first-year netminder recorded back-to-back road victories.
The road trip began with Morrison making 25 saves in the Oilers 4-3 win at Minnesota on Wednesday, November 23rd and he stopped another 27 shots in a 2-1 shootout win against the Calgary Flames on Friday, November 25th. In his second shootout in three games, Morrison turned aside all four attempts and has now stopped six of seven shots in his two shootout victories.
Recalled from the Greenville Grrrowl (ECHL) on October 24th, Morrison has played in six NHL games this season and has won all four of his starts. He is 4-0-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in his six games with the Oilers this season.
The Oilers return to action tomorrow night as they host the Colorado Avalanche at 7:00 p.m. in the first game of a three-game homestand at Rexall Place. Edmonton will also host the Vancouver Canucks (7:00 pm on Thursday, December 1st) and Boston Bruins (Saturday, December 3rd at 8:00 p.m.).