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Nylander Named NHL Offensive Player of Week

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Rangers center Michael Nylander, who tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last three games, was named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for the period ending March 19.

Nylander recorded multiple points in each game as the Rangers posted two wins in three starts for the week. He tallied two goals in a 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes March 14, posted three assists in a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals March 16 and notched a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs March 18.

Nylander is third in scoring on the Rangers with 62 points (18 goals, 44 assists). The Rangers (38-19-10, 86 points) are first in the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference standings.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier, who posted seven points (5-2-7) in four games and Dallas Stars center Mike Modano (3-4-7 in three games) were runners-up to Nylander for offensive honors. Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who led the Predators to three victories with a 1.34 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and two shutouts, was the league's Defensive Player of the Week.

Nylander is the second Rangers player to win a weekly honor during the 2005-06 season and the third to win major recognition from the league. Earlier this season, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was the Defensive Player of the Week for the weeks of Jan. 16-22 and Oct. 24-30. Jaromir Jagr was also named the league's Offensive Player of the Month for December 2005.
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