Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and defenseman Kris Letang, who keyed Pittsburgh’s turnaround that began with the mid-December coaching change, were named to the NHL’s postseason All-Star Teams following the NHL Awards in Las Vegas tonight.
Crosby, whose 66 points (30G-36A) led all NHL players from Dec. 12 to the end of the regular season, was named the center on the First-Team. It’s the fourth time that Crosby has been named a First-Team All-Star (2007, ’13, ’14, ’16).
Letang, who finished the season as the NHL’s third-highest scoring defenseman, was voted to the Second-Team All-Star squad for the second time in his NHL career. He also achieved that honor in 2013.
Last year, Crosby was named a Second-Team All-Star, an honor he also took home in 2010. He’s made one of the NHL postseason All-Star Teams in six of his nine full seasons.
During the last 10 years, Crosby and teammate Evgeni Malkin have been named the First-Team All-Star center a combined seven times, as Malkin earned the selection in 2008, ’09 and ’12.
Letang joins Hall of Famers Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy as the only defensemen in franchise history to be named to multiple postseason All-Star Teams.