Sidney Crosby’s offensive tear earned him NHL ‘First Star’ for the week ending Feb. 7, the league announced today.
Crosby paced all NHL skaters last week in both goals (5) and points (8), helping the Penguins post a 2-1 record while moving back into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Crosby’s post-All-Star Break run began with his ninth career hat trick and a season-best four points in a 6-5 defeat of Ottawa on Feb. 2.
As brilliant as Crosby was that game, he had probably his best performance in the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime comeback win in Florida on Saturday, which was done without team co-scoring leader Evgeni Malkin.
Crosby factored into all three goals against the Panthers, tallying the tying marker and assisting on both of Kris Letang’s goals.
In that game, Crosby (6 shots) and Letang (7 shots) fired 13 of Pittsburgh’s 35 shots (37%), and they combined for 22 of the Penguins’ 55 shot attempts (40%). Crosby also won a season-high 23 faceoffs, with his 38 total faceoffs taken the most by any NHL player in a single game this year.
Crosby currently is on a six-game goal-scoring streak (8 goals), tying a career high. He is also on a 10-game point streak (10G-8A-18 PTS) that is the longest active streak in the NHL.
With his assist on Letang’s first goal Saturday, Crosby became the 11th-fastest (677 games) player in NHL history to record 900 career points.
Crosby, whose 13 goals and 22 points since Jan. 1 both lead the NHL, is currently tied for ninth in the NHL in scoring this season with 49 points (22G-27A).