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Rafalski's hot month earns Carhartt award

Friday, 03.6.2009 / 11:20 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Brian Rafalski receives the Carhartt 'Hardest Working Player of the Month' Trophy for Februaru from Doug Murphy of the Red Wings' Ad Sales department and Sanja Zarubica, Carhatt's sponsorship and event specialist.
DETROIT — February was a hot month for Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski, who continued his climb on the league’s points chart.

Rafalski enjoyed his best point-productive month since joining the Red Wings as a free agent in July 2007, collecting a goal and 14 assists with a plus-5 rating that helped Detroit amass a 10-3-1 record in February.

He finished the month having the second-highest season point total league defensemen with 51 points – five behind Washington’s Mike Green. For the season, Rafalski has eight goals and 43 assists.

Rafalski will receive his award from Carhartt sponsorship and event specialist Sanja Zarubica during a pre-game ceremony prior to the start of the Wings-Blue Jackets game at Joe Louis Arena on March 7.

During the regular-season, Carhartt has presented the monthly award to the hardest working Red Wings’ player, along with Carhartt merchandise. The award, in its second season, recognizes the player for his hard work and individual dedication to commitment necessary to excel on the ice. The Red Wings’ coaching staff and front office personnel select the monthly recipients.

Rafalski had at least a point in 10 of the 14 games in February, including four multi-point performances. Entering the month, he had eight multi-point games this season.

He had seven power-play points, including a goal that started the Wings’ 8-3 onslaught over Edmonton (Feb. 7). His three-assist effort helped the Wings beat Nashville, 5-3, on Feb. 10. That outing tied his season-high for point production, matching his three-point performance in the Wings’ 6-4 win over Chicago in the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

He had two-point outings in home wins over Nashville (Feb. 18) and Edmonton (Feb. 7), and a shootout loss to Colorado (Feb. 15).

Rafalski’s 51 points this season is four shy of tying his personal best that he accomplished in each of the last two seasons. He’s also four assists short his a personal-best set as a member of the New Jersey Devils in 2006-07.

An ironman of sorts, Rafalski is one of three Wings’ players to appear in all 64 games this season. Forwards Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula are the others.

Rafalski is the 12th Red Wing so honored by Carhartt since last season, joining past recipients Pavel Datsyuk (Jan. ’09, Dec. ’07), Henrik Zetterberg (Oct. ’07), Chris Osgood (Nov. ’07), Dan Cleary (Jan. ’08), trainers Piet VanZant and Russ Baumann (Feb. ’08), Johan Franzen (March ’08), Marian Hossa (Oct. ’08) and Andreas Lilja (Nov. ’08)

For over 115 years, Carhartt has manufactured premium workwear known for exceptional durability, comfort, quality of construction, and fit that you can feel in the fabrics and see in the performance. Established in 1889, Carhartt is family-owned and operated with over 4,000 employees dedicated to providing Best-in-Class apparel for the active worker.

Carhartt and the Red Wings would like to recognize Brian Rafalski for his outstanding work and success during January and wish him continued success throughout the 2008-09 season.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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