January 27, 2004
TORONTO (AP) -- Kevin Weeks is quietly enjoying a career season
while playing for one of the worst teams in the NHL.
Weekes made 32 saves for his career-best sixth shutout of the
season and Erik Cole scored a short-handed goal as the Carolina
Hurricanes beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 Tuesday night.
Weekes has the second most shutouts in the NHL this season, four
fewer than New Jersey's Martin Brodeur. Weekes is 17-17-7 this
season and is the only goalie to win a game for the Hurricanes.
He's never had a .500 season in his seven year career.
Weekes stopped 32 shots for the shutout. |
(D. Sandford/Getty Images)
"It would be important, but everything is relative. I've never
had the luxury of playing for the Dallas Stars or the New Jersey
Devils," said Weekes, who has also played for Florida, Tampa Bay,
the New York Islanders and Vancouver.
"Sometimes adversity provides opportunity. I've played on teams
that were very young, much like myself. There aren't many young
players that can step in and play for the Colorado Avalanche when
they are in their peak, especially a goalie. Sometimes it takes a
team being at rock-bottom to get that opportunity."
The 28-year-old Toronto native made several impressive saves in
earning his 19th career shutout. More than a few Toronto players
missed the net with shots.
Toronto outshot Carolina 32-19, but went 0-for-6 on the power
"The only way to beat Toronto in their own building is to have
great goaltending and to capitalize on a couple of opportunities,"
Carolina's Jeff O'Neill said.
Josef Vasicek also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won just
two of their last six games. Toronto entered tied for the most
points in the Eastern Conference.
Bret Hedican assisted on Cole's breakaway goal. Hedican shot the
puck off the boards to Cole, who streaked toward the net before
putting a wrist shot over Ed Belfour's glove midway through the
Vasicek gave Carolina a 2-0 lead with 3:10 remaining in the
third after defenceman Tomas Kaberle turned the puck over by
passing in front of his own net.
"They were both lousy goals," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said.
"We had enough chances. We couldn't beat their goalie."
Toronto forward Mikael Renberg didn't return after pulling his
hamstring in the second. The Maple Leafs are already missing
forwards Alexander Mogilny, Owen Nolan, Darcy Tucker, and
defenceman Wade Belak because of injuries.
Weekes made a nice glove save on Renberg's shot from in front in
the first. His kick save kept Bryan McCabe from scoring late in the
Toronto's Tie Domi couldn't put a rebound past Weekes despite an
open net midway through the third, and Weekes robbed Joe Nieuwendyk
of a goal with a kick save with two minutes left.
The Hurricanes are last in the NHL with 94 goals in 51 games. ... Carolina centre Rod Brind'Amour missed his second straight game because of a groin injury. ... Nolan has missed 10 straight games since being high-sticked in the left eye on Jan. 3 against Buffalo. He is still suffering from vision problems and headaches.