A pair of three-point games earned Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin NHL ‘Third Star’ of the week honors for the week ending March 1.
Although Malkin played in just two games last week, he tied Montreal’s P.K. Subban for the league lead in scoring with six points (2G-4A). Only Subban finished with more assists than Malkin.
Malkin helped Pittsburgh win its fourth consecutive game on Sunday night, scoring twice and adding an assist in a 5-3 win against Columbus.
In a Metropolitan Division showdown with Washington last Wednesday, Malkin had a season-high three assists as the Penguins earned a clutch 4-3 victory in the nation’s capital.
Malkin, who is averaging a NHL-best 1.12 points per game, is currently riding a five-game point streak (5G-6A-11PTS). His run has him tied with Sidney Crosby for the team lead with 64 points, one shy of the league lead in the scoring race.
Malkin, whose 26 goals lead the Penguins, enters Wednesday’s game in Colorado having posted three-straight three-point games for the second time in his career. He also did so Feb. 7-10, 2008.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Malkin is the first NHL player to have three-consecutive three-point games since the Sharks’ Patrick Marleau did so Jan. 22-26, 2013.