MARLEAU, VOKOUN NAMED NHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Phoenix Coyotes left wing Ladislav Nagy (3-2--5 in two games) and Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic (2-3--5 in three games) were runners-up for offensive honors, while goaltenders Martin Biron of the Buffalo Sabres (3-0-0, 2.35 GAA), Ilya Bryzgalov of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA) and John Grahame of the Tampa Bay Lightning (2-0-0, 1.44 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.
Marleau posted a pair of three-point games as the Sharks opened their inter-conference schedule with consecutive road victories against Northeast Division opponents. The Sharks captain tallied three assists and was named Second Star of a 5-0 victory at Buffalo Friday, ending the Sabres' five-game winning streak, and recorded a goal and two assists and earned First Star honors in a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday. San Jose had opened the week with a 4-1 loss at Dallas Wednesday.
Marleau leads the Sharks in goals (11) and power-play goals (seven) and ranks second in scoring (11-18--29) in 26 games. The second overall pick in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Marleau, 26, is in his eighth NHL season. He ranks second on the Sharks' all-time list in career games (584), goals (164) and points (356). The Sharks (10-12-4, 24 points) begin a four-game homestand Tuesday against Atlanta (10:30 p.m., ET, OLN).
Vokoun turned aside all 31 shots in a 2-0 victory against Calgary Tuesday, stopped 19 shots in a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild Thursday and made 30 saves in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday. Vokoun stopped both shootout attempts, foiling Mike Knuble and League goal-scoring leader Simon Gagne.
Vokoun leads NHL goaltenders in victories, posting a 15-4-2 record, 2.40 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 21 appearances. The Predators (17-4-3, 37 points) are second in the Central Division, one point behind the Detroit Red Wings with four games in hand.