Sidney Crosby closed the regular season in scintillating fashion, posting 4 goals in four games to win a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos. Crosby also contributed 11 assists over those final four games, helping him earn NHL First Star of the Week honors.
Crosby did everything in his power Sunday in the Penguins' season finale against the New York Islanders to claim sole possession of the Richard Trophy, but he just couldn't find the back of the net. The Pens went on to win the game 6-5 in overtime.
"There's nothing wrong with scoring a goal … there's nothing wrong with wanting to do that," Crosby told NHL.com's Brian Compton. "At least I was trying not to cheat out there. I think the main thing, though, was we were up 5-4 at the time. We were trying to get that goal. For sure I wanted to get that next one."
Second Star, Eric Staal -- The captain of the Carolina Hurricanes finished the season with 5 goals and 4 assists in three games, including a 3-goal, 2-assist effort in Carolina's home finale against the Montreal Canadiens, who were looking to clinch a playoff spot at the time.
Third Star, Nicklas Backstrom -- Although the final four games of the season were meaningless for the Washington Capitals, Backstrom didn't take anything for granted. He had 3 goals and 6 assists to get to 101 points, his first 100-point season in the NHL. The 22-year-old set career highs in goals (33), assists (68), points and plus-minus (plus-37).