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Sidney Crosby Named NHL Third Star of the Week

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby tied for the NHL lead with 10 points (2G-8A) last week, helping the Pens compile a 3-1 record in their four games. Crosby was rewarded by being named the NHL's Third Star of the week today.

His mid-February scoring binge has Crosby ranked fourth among all NHL players during the calendar month with 14 points (3G-11A) in nine games. Crosby's 11 assists are first among all players in February.

For the season, Crosby has jumped to eighth in the NHL scoring race with 72 points on 25 goals and 47 points in 56 games. Against the Calgary Flames on Saturday, he scored his 25th goal, the 11th time he has reached that mark. Only Mario Lemieux (12 times) has scored 25 goals more often in club history.

Crosby's high-scoring week included a trio of three-point games and at least one point in all four of his appearances. Crosby notched a goal and two assists during a 4-1 win in Philadelphia on February 11; he produced the same stat line in Saturday's loss to Calgary; and he equaled his single-game season high with three assists during Sunday's 6-5 win against the New York Rangers.

Heading into Tuesday night's 7:00 PM road game against the New Jersey Devils, Crosby has amassed a five-game point streak (2G-9A-11PTS). His season-long point streak is six games, set between December 22 and January 4.

This is the third time this year that Crosby has been honored by the NHL with a weekly award. He was named First Star on January 28 after winning MVP honors at the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose. Crosby was also the First Star for the final week of October.

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