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.
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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