New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter has been named National Hockey League Player of the Week for the period of Monday, January 17 through Sunday, January 23. Richter posted a 3-0-0-0 record, along with a 1.33 goals-against average and .958 save percentage as the Rangers completed the week undefeated, improving to third place in the Atlantic Division and tying for seventh place in the Eastern Conference (19-20-7-3 in 46 games).
Richter edged New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (5-3=8 in three games, plus six rating), Washington Capitals defenseman Sergei Gonchar (2-6=8 in three games, plus four rating) and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim left wing Paul Kariya (5-2=7 in four games, plus four rating) to capture his second career Player of the Week award. He last received the honor in April, 1994.
Richter began the week turning away 24 shots in a 3-2 home win over the Carolina Hurricanes on January 18. On January 20, he stopped 38 shots in a 4-1 road victory over the Hurricanes, helping the Rangers sweep the home-and-home series. Richter made 29 saves as the Rangers defeated the St. Louis Blues on January 22, posting his fifth consecutive win.
The 33-year old native of Abington, PA has posted a 15-16-7 record in 38 games this season, with a 2.57 GAA and .913 save %. Richter's five consecutive wins marks his longest winning streak this season. Richter was selected to the North American team at the 50th NHL All-Star Game on February 6 at Toronto.