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Rucinsky Named NHL Offensive Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York, N.Y. -- New York Rangers left wing Martin Rucinsky, who recorded six points (two goals, four assists) and a +5 rating in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, November 23.

Lightning defense tandem Jassen Cullimore and Cory Sarich, who logged 63:53 and 62:17 of ice time, respectively, without being on the ice for a goal-against in Tampa Bay's two victories and one tie, have been named co-winners of the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

San Jose Sharks left wing Marco Sturm (three goals, including two game-winning goals and one game-tying marker) was runner-up for offensive honors, while Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (2-0-0, 1.00 goals-against average) was runner-up for the defensive award.

Rucinsky notched an assist and a +1 rating in a 2-2 tie at San Jose on November 18, scored once in a 4-3 loss at Colorado on November 20 and recorded a season-high four points (one goal, three assists) and +4 rating in a 5-2 home victory against the Ottawa Senators on November 23.

The 6-1, 205-pound left winger rankes second on New York with 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 20 games this season. His nine assists also rank second on the club. Rucinsky has now registered nine points in his last six games (three goals, five assists over the span).

Cullimore and Sarich both were +2 in a 3-2 victory against the New York Islanders on November 20, playing 18:59 and 18:57, respectively. Each posted an even rating in a 2-1 victory against Buffalo on November 22 (23:02, 22:29) and in a scoreless tie at Carolina on November 23 (21:52, 20:51).

Cullimore and Sarich have been on the ice for only one goal against in Tampa Bay's past eight games, playing 155:08 and 152:30, respectively, in that span.
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