Rangers goaltender Mike Richter has been named NHL Player of the Week for the period of Monday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 2. Richter posted a 2-0-1 record, including two consecutive shutouts, a 0.65 goals-against average and a .978 save percentage, helping the Rangers improve to second place in the NHL's overall standings with a 17-9-2-1 record in 29 games.
Richter edged San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (3-0-0, 1.33 GAA, .955 save %, one shutout), St. Louis Blues right wing Pavol Demitra (4-4-8 in four games, +5 rating) and Washington Capitals right wing Ulf Dahlen (2-6-8 in four games, +4 rating) to capture his third career NHL Player of the Week award. He last received the honor in January, 2000.
Richter opened the week with a season-high 47 saves in a 2-2 tie with the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 27. On Nov. 29, he posted the first of consecutive shutouts, turning away 22 shots in a 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. On Dec. 2, he recorded his 24th career shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning (20 saves).
In his 14th NHL season, all with the Rangers, the 35-year old native of Abington, Pennsylvania has posted a 13-5-2 record, a 2.41 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and two shutouts. His 13 wins rank third among NHL goaltenders.
The Rangers will attempt to extend their three-game winning streak when they travel to MCI Center to face the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, Dec. 4 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
2001-02 NHL Player of the Week Winners October 3-7 - Roman Turek, Calgary Flames October 8-14 - Mark Parrish, New York Islanders October 15-21 - Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils October 22-28 - Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames October 29-November 4 - Brian Boucher, Philadelphia November 5-11 - Jocelyn Thibault, Chicago Blackhawks November 12-18 - Patrick Roy, Colorado Avalanche November 19-25 - Nikolai Khabibulin, Tampa Bay Lightning November 26-December 2 - Mike Richter, New York Rangers