San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau
has been named the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, February 12.
Marleau, who led all NHL scorers with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in four games, recorded points in each game as the Sharks went 3-1-0 for the week. He recorded one goal and two assists in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Feb. 6, posted one goal in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 8, notched four assists in a 6-3 win over Dallas Stars on Feb. 10 and had two goals in a 5-4 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes Feb. 12.
Marleau is second on the Sharks and 13th in the League overall in scoring heading into the Olympic break with 64 points (25-39=64). This marks the second time this season that Marleau has earned NHL Offensive Player of the Week Honors, previously winning for the week ending Dec. 4. It marks the third time overall this season that a Sharks player was named the NHL Offensive Player of the Week, as Joe Thornton
won it for the week ending Dec. 11.
Thornton was named as a runner-up for the award this week. He posted nine points (3-6=9) in four games on the week. On the season, Thornton is second in the league with 81 points (21-60=81) and first in assists (60). The center also noteched his 500th career point with a second period goal on Sunday against Phoenix. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brad Richards (0-9=9 in four games) and New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr (5-3=8 in three games) were also considered for the award.
In addition, Sharks goaltender Vesa Toskala was runner-up for the NHL Defensive Player of the Week, posting a 3-0-0 record and a 2.65 GAA, Toskala has earned a at least one point for the Sharks in his last 10 starts (8-0-2). Detroit’s Manny Legace was named the NHL Defensive Player of the Week.