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Player of the Week – Nov. 8

The Hockey News player of the week for the period of Nov. 1-7 is Vancouver Canucks left winger Raffi Torres.

An unlikely winner to be sure, Torres went on a tear through four games last week.

First, in a 3-0 shutout of New Jersey, Torres took one shot on net in 11:21 of ice time and found the back of the net for what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

The very next night Vancouver was in Edmonton against the struggling Oilers and Torres took advantage. He logged a season-high 16:32 of ice time and six shots on net resulting in a hat trick and a plus-1 rating. Again Torres scored the game-winning goal, this time in a 4-3 nail-biter.

In Colorado two nights later, the Canucks won again, this time 3-1 and Torres appeared on the shore sheet with his seventh goal of the season. In 15:18 of ice time his marker was his second power play goal and point of the season as he recorded four shots.

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Finally, ending the week back home against Detroit, Vancouver won its sixth game in a row with a 6-4 defeat of the Detroit Red Wings. Torres failed to score in this one, but registered a shot in 15:26 of ice time and also put up an assist to increase his scoring streak to four games.

On the year, Torres has seven goals and nine points in 13 games – on the week he managed five goals and six points in four games.

The Canucks currently sit third in the Western Conference with an 8-3-2 record and face Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto this week in the first three games of a five-game road trip.