Brodeur, Staal named NHL players of week

Updated: January 16, 2006, 2:00 PM ET

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who recorded two shutouts in three games, on Monday was named the NHL's defensive player of the week.

Martin Brodeur
Eric Staal

Brodeur stopped 22 shots in a 3-0 win over Philadelphia last Monday and made 26 saves in a 3-0 victory over Vancouver on Friday for his 77th and 78th career shutouts. He capped the week with 29 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory at Chicago on Sunday.

Brodeur has a career total of 423 wins, tying him for fifth all-time with Tony Esposito.

Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal, who had three goals and four assists in three wins, was named the offensive player of the week.

Staal recorded his second career hat trick and added an assist in the Hurricanes' 4-2 win over St. Louis on Sunday. He had three assists in the first two games of the week.

The second overall pick in the 2003 draft, Staal is tied for fourth in the NHL with 29 goals, including 12 on the power play.

Staal edged left wingers Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for the award.