Selanne Named Offensive Player of the Week
Mighty Ducks center Andy McDonald (4-4-8 in four games), Colorado Avalanche center Joe Sakic (4-4-8 in four games), New York Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr (5-2-7 in four games) and Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin (4-3-7 in four games) were runners-up for offensive honors, while goaltenders Cristobal Huet of the Montreal Canadiens (3-1-0, 2.03 GAA) and Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders (2-0-1, 1.97 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.
Selanne tallied an assist in a 2-1 victory at Dallas March 20 and recorded two assists in a 5-4 overtime victory against Colorado March 22. The 35-year-old Helsinki, Finland native notched a season-high four points (two goals, two assists) in a 6-3 victory over Nashville March 24 and finished the week with three points (two goals, one assist) in a 5-2 win at Phoenix March 25, extending the Ducks' winning streak to six games.
Leading Anaheim in goals (33), points (74) and plus-minus (+26), Selanne is on pace for his best offensive season since a 47-goal, 107-point campaign in 1998-99. The Mighty Ducks (37-21-12, 86 points) are 20-6-6 since Jan. 1, the NHL's fourth-best record in that span behind Detroit (22-6-4), Dallas (24-8-2) and Carolina (22-8-2) and just ahead of the fifth-place Sharks (20-8-5).
Toskala began the week by recording his first shutout of the season and third of his NHL career, making 33 saves in a 6-0 victory at St. Louis March 21. The 28-year-old Tampere, Finland native turned aside 24 of 25 shots in a 5-1 victory at Minnesota March 25 and made 30 saves in a 5-4 overtime victory at Chicago March 26.
Toskala improved to 16-6-3 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 28 games this season. The Sharks (36-24-10, 82 points) have climbed to eighth place in the Western Conference playoff race.