Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named NHL ‘First Star’ for the month of March after leading all NHL players in points (25), assists (19) and rating (+19) while helping Pittsburgh post the first perfect month in NHL history (15-0).
Crosby, who is currently sidelined indefinitely with a broken jaw, began March with a three-point game (1G-2A) night against Montreal on March 2 – the first of his eight multiple-point games last month.
On March 10, Crosby tied his career high by recording five assists in a 6-1 win against the NY Islanders – the fifth time in his career he’s recorded five or more points in a game. Crosby was named NHL ‘Second Star’ for the week of March 10 after collecting 11 points (2G-9A) in just four games.
Before leaving the game against the Islanders on Saturday, Crosby was in the midst of a six-game point streak (3G-6A-9PTS). Crosby also had a season-high eight-game point streak (5G-15A) between Feb. 24-March. 10.
Crosby and his linemates, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, have been a huge reason why the Penguins lead the Eastern Conference with 56 points, as at least one member of the trio scored goals in 17 of Pittsburgh’s 18 games between Feb. 22-March 28 (32-of-62 goals; 51.6%).
Crosby began the month of April holding a 10-point lead in the NHL scoring race (56-46) over the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos. Crosby also leads the NHL in assists with 41, while his plus-26 rating ranks second in the league behind only Kunitz (+27).
This marks the second-straight month that Crosby has been honored by the NHL. He was named ‘Second Star’ for February after leading all scorers with 24 points (6G-18A) in 14 games.