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Legace earns defensive honors

Tuesday, 11.01.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Legace earns defensive honors
NEW YORK (November 1, 2005) -- Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace, who established a League record for most victories by a goaltender in October (10-1-0) and posted a 1.81 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts, has been named the NHL Defensive Player of the Month for October.

How many wins will Manny Legace post this season?
  56.8%
40-plus
  23.1%
36-40
  14.3%
31-35
  3.7%
26-30
  2.1%
20-25
Total Votes: 519
Legace edged Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun (7-1-0, 2.51 goals-against average), Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe (3 goals, 12 assists in 12 games) and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (3-12--15 in 12 games) for the award.

Legace allowed two goals or fewer in eight of 11 appearances, including his last seven consecutive starts, to help the Red Wings (11-1-0, 22 points) finish the month first in the NHL overall standings. He recorded his seventh career shutout, a 2-0 victory in Phoenix Oct. 15, and posted his eighth with a 6-0 victory in Columbus on Oct 22.

Legace eclipsed the previous mark for October victories (nine), set by Vancouver's Kirk McLean in 1991-92 (9-2-1) and matched by Toronto's Felix Potvin and Philadelphia's Dominic Roussel in 1993-94 (both 9-1-0).

Playing in his seventh NHL season, the 32-year-old Toronto native started each of Detroit's first 11 games this season, the longest such streak by a Red Wings goaltender in 40 years. In 1965-66, Roger Crozier started the first 13 games for the Red Wings.

Manny Legace in October

Date Opponent Shots GA Result
Oct. 5 vs. St. Louis 14 1 5-1 win
Oct. 6 at St. Louis 26 3 4-3 win
Oct. 9 vs. Calgary 24 3 6-3 win
Oct. 10 vs. Vancouver 28 3 4-2 loss
Oct. 13 at Los Angeles 28 2 5-2 win
Oct. 15 at Phoenix 23 0 2-0 win
Oct. 17 vs. San Jose 28 2 3-2 win (OT)
Oct. 21 vs. Anaheim 25 2 3-2 win
Oct. 22 at Columbus 17 0 6-0 win
Oct. 24

at Columbus

33 2 6-2 win
Oct. 27 vs. Chicago 23 2 5-2 win
Oct. 29 at Chicago DNP

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