Leafs' Sundin Player Of the Week

Center Mats Sundin, who is one of the primary reasons the Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a 5-1-1 start and atop the Northeast Division, Monday was named NHL player of the week for the period ending Sunday.


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  • had two goals and five assists in three games as the Maple Leafs went 2-0-1 in three games. He assisted on one goal in a 2-2 tie against Nashville last Monday and had a goal and an assist as the Leafs spoiled the return of Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman with a 5-3 victory at Detroit Friday.

    He capped his week with a four-point performance at Pittsburgh Saturday, netting a goal and helping on three others in a 6-4 triumph against the Penguins. It was the third time Sundin, who is tied for the league-lead with 11 points, has won the player of the week award.

    Other players considered for the award were:

  • Vancouver Canucks center Mark Messier, who became the 10th player in NHL history to score 600 goals.
  • Anaheim Mighty Ducks goaltender Guy Hebert, who went 1-0-1 with a 0.96 goals-against average.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Daren Puppa, who went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA.
  • Nashville Predators right wing Sergei Krivokrasov, who had four goals and three assists.

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