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Conor Sheary Named NHL 'First Star' of the Week

by Pittsburgh Penguins @Penguins / Media Release

Penguins left wing Conor Sheary leads all NHL players in the month of January with eight goals, tied for the top spot alongside the New York Islanders' John Tavares.

Sheary produced six of those goals last week - which also topped the league - earning himself NHL 'First Star' of the week honors.

During his tear, which included points in all four of his games played, Sheary had a league-best nine points (6G-3A), helping the Penguins go 4-0 for the week. Sheary's four-game point streak equaled his career-long run.

A Winchester, Massachusetts native, Sheary scored twice and added an assist against his hometown Bruins on January 22, the third time in four games that he had scored twice in a game. He had the winning tally that day as well, which tied him with Evgeni Malkin for the team lead in that category.

Sheary also had two goals against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 20, and the Washington Capitals on January 16. His second goal against the Capitals was his first career regular-season overtime goal, a tally that ended an 8-7 affair.

For the season, Sheary has 17 goals and 34 points in 39 games, putting him on pace surpass the 30-goal mark, something no Penguins winger has done since Chris Kunitz scored 35 times in 2013-14.

In fact, since Malkin and Sidney Crosby joined the league, Kunitz and James Neal (40 goals in 2011-12) are the only Penguins wingers to exceed 30 goals. 

Sheary currently ranks 12th in the NHL in average goals per game (0.44) and 20th overall in points per game (0.87).

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