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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

NEW YORK (November 2, 2005) -- Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who led all rookies in scoring with 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 11 games, has been named NHL Rookie of the Month for October.

Crosby edged Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin (8-5--13 in 11 games), Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jason Labarbera (6-1-0, 1.70 goals-against average in seven games) and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (5-2-0, 1.76 goals-against average in nine games).

 Crosby recorded points in each of the first six games of his NHL career and in nine of 11 contests overall.  The 18-year-old Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native tallied his first NHL goal and added two assists in a 7-6 overtime loss against Boston Oct. 8, notched a goal and an assist in a 6-5 overtime loss at Philadelphia Oct. 14 and registered two assists each in a 6-3 loss at Boston Oct. 22 and a 7-5 home victory against Atlanta Oct. 27.

The first overall selection in the 2005 Entry Draft, Crosby capped a legendary junior career in 2004-05 by leading all Canadian Hockey League players with 168 points (66 goals, 102 assists) in 62 games.  He also earned CHL MVP honors; led Rimouski to the Memorial Cup Final, where he topped all tournament scorers with 6-5--11 in five games; and was Team Canada's fourth-leading scorer (6-3--9 in six games) in its gold medal-winning performance at the 2005 World Junior Championships in Grand Forks.

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