Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, the NHL’s third-leading scorer, was named ‘First Star’ of the week today.
Crosby was also the NHL’s ‘First Star’ for the week ending Feb. 7.
Crosby paced the high-flying Penguins, winners of a season-high six-straight games, by tallying points in all four games played, including three-straight multiple-point efforts to conclude the seven-day span.
Last week, Crosby led all NHL players with seven points, and his five helpers were second only to Calgary’s Dougie Hamilton, who had six.
Both of Crosby’s goals came in Thursday’s 4-2 comeback win against Carolina. He single-handedly got Pittsburgh back into the game, fighting through a defenseman’s check at the blue line before burying the puck behind Eddie Lack to begin a stretch of four unanswered goals. Crosby later scored the game-winner when he re-directed Ian Cole’s pass behind Lack.
This weekend, Crosby notched two assists in both of Pittsburgh’s convincing victories against the rival Flyers (4-1) and Capitals (6-2), wins that jumped the Penguins all the way into second place in the Metropolitan Division for the first time since Nov. 6.
Right now, Crosby is riding a season-high 12-game point streak (6G-14A-20PTS), a run that is tied for the third-longest point streak in the NHL this year. Crosby previously had an 11-game point streak from Jan. 12-Feb. 8, making him the only player in the league this year with multiple double-digit streaks.
Not only was Crosby the NHL’s leading scorer last week, but he paces all scorers in March with 17 points (6G-11A), five more than his next-closest competitors. Since head coach Mike Sullivan took over on Dec. 12, Crosby leads the NHL with 57 points (25G-32A) in just 43 games.
Crosby’s 76 points (31G-45A) trail only Patrick Kane (92 points) and Jamie Benn (80 points) in the NHL scoring race.
The Penguins are enjoying a three-day break from game action, their longest stretch without playing the rest of the way. Pittsburgh aims to increase its winning streak to seven games on Thursday when the Penguins host the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m.