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Player of the Week - Feb. 23

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By: Hockey News
Feb 23, 2009
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Player of the Week - Feb. 23

Hockey News
By: Hockey News
Feb 23, 2009

The Hockey News’ player of the week for Feb. 16 to 22 is Philadelphia Flyers center Mike Richards.

After setting an NHL record Feb. 15 with the third 5-on-3 shorthanded goal of his career, the 24-year-old Flyers captain led all NHLers in scoring this past week with eight points, even though Philadelphia played just two games.

On Thursday, Buffalo rolled into Philadelphia; Richards and the Flyers showed the Sabres no brotherly love in a 6-3 drubbing. For his part, the 24th pick in the 2003 draft picked up two goals, five points, another shorthanded goal and was an astounding plus-5 on the night, while logging 22:22 of ice time.

The Flyers stumbled a bit on Saturday when the slumping Penguins waddled into town and left with a 5-4 victory. Richards, however, kept on keeping on. He tallied another shorthanded goal, the 19th of his short NHL career, and added two assists in 21:43 of ice time.

For the week, the Kenora, Ont., native tallied three goals – including two shorthanded markers – and eight points, was a plus-5 and averaged 22:02 of ice time.

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Player of the Week - Feb. 23