Rangers Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is Top Defensive Player
Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal, who led all scorers with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in four games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, October 30. New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist
, who backstopped the Rangers to two victories with a 1.50 goals-against average, has been named the League's Defensive Player of the Week.
Ottawa Senators forward Dany Heatley, who posted nine points (5-4--9 in four games), and Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne (4-3--7 in four games) were runners-up for offensive honors, while goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (3-0-0, 2.33 GAA) and goaltender Martin Prusek of the Colombus Blue Jackets (2-1-0, 1.95 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.
Staal began the week with one goal as Carolina defeated the previously unbeaten Ottawa Senators, 3-2 on Oct 24. On Oct 26, he tallied two assists as the Hurricanes beat Boston 4-3 in overtime. Staal followed that performance with his first career hattrick in an 8-6 victory over Philadelphia on Oct 28. In Pittsburgh the next night he tallied four assists as the Hurricanes defeated the Penguins, 5-3.
A native of Thunder Bay, ONT., Staal who celebrated his 21st birthday Saturday in Pittsburgh, leads the NHL in scoring with 22 points (9-13--22) in 11 games. Carolina leads the Southeast Division and Eastern Conference with 17 points (8-2-1) in 11 games.
Lundqvist, 23, made 31 saves in a 3-1 win over division rival New York Islanders on Oct. 27. He followed that up Oct. 29 with 40 saves in a 5-2 road victory over the Montreal Canadiens
In eight games this season, Lundqvist has a record of 5-1-2 with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. New York leads the Atlantic Division with 15 points (6-3-3) in 12 games.