Philadelphia's Brian Boucher Named NHL Player Of The Week
Monday, November 5, 2001
By Joe Klueg
Philadelphia Flyers Correspondent
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher has been named NHL Player of the Week for the period of Monday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Nov. 4. Boucher posted a 2-1-0 record, a 0.67 goals-against average and a .978 save percentage in three games, highlighted by consecutive shutouts and the longest shutout streak by a NHL goaltender this season (184:30).
Boucher edged Vancouver Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier (2-0-0, 0.50 GAA, .975 save %, one shutout), St. Louis Blues goaltender Brent Johnson (3-0-0, 1.33 GAA, .951 save %, one shutout), Chicago Blackhawks left wing Steve Thomas (4-3-7 in four games, +4 rating) and San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (3-0-0, 1.67 GAA, .938 save %) to capture his first career NHL Player of the Week award.
Boucher opened the week by stopping 32 shots in a 3-0 road win over the Washington Capitals on Oct. 30 and turning away 27 shots in a 3-0 home victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 31. Boucher's streak came to an end at 10:41 of the second period on Nov. 3 in a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders (28 saves).
In his third NHL season, the 24-year old native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island has posted a 3-3-1 record in eight games, a League-leading 1.64 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. In 1999-2000, Boucher posted a 1.91 goals-against average, becoming the first rookie goaltender since 1950-51 to record a sub-2.00 average (min. 25 GP).
The Flyers, fifth overall in the Eastern Conference, travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks, fifth overall in the Western Conference, at United Center on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Longest Shutout Streaks By A Goaltender, 2001-02
||Oct. 27 - Nov. 3
||Oct. 3 - 8
||Oct. 20 - 30
NHL Player of the Week Winners, 2001-02 Season
|Oct. 29 - Nov. 4