The Pittsburgh Penguins are certainly blessed to have two of the top hockey players in the world on their roster. Evgeni Malkin currently leads the league with 39 points (10G, 29A). Right behind him in 2nd place (and gaining fast) is Sidney Crosby with 34 points (13G, 21A). On almost any given game night, each of these inidividuals is a tremendous force to be reckoned with and is downright dangerous to the opposition. Put them together on the ice and the duo is virtually unstoppable. What a great era for hockey and what a great time for Pittsburgh fans! Today, the NHL recognized both players for their performance of late. Evgeni Malkin was named as the NHL’s Second Star of the Month for November and Sidney Crosby was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week.
Evgeni Malkin, NHL’s Second Star for November: In the month of November, Evgeni Malkin ranked second among all NHL scorers with 23-points (7G, 16A) in just 12-games for 1.92 points per game average. He had 2-points less than first star Alexander Ovechkin (11G, 14A) had in 14-games (1.79 points per game average). Malkin had taken over the League scoring lead and was a major factor behind the Penguins’ 9-2-1 record in November. Through the first 6-games of November, Malkin was on a tear as he extended his assist streak to 13 consecutive games. This was the longest assist streak in the NHL since Jaromir Jagr posted a 16-game assist streak in early 2001. Malkin also recorded two 4-point games in November, scoring a goal and 3-assists in the 5-2 victory over Buffalo on November 15th and posting his 3rd career hat trick and an assist in the 5-3 win over the New York Islanders on November 26th. In fact, Malkin has averaged 1.7-points per game this season and was only held scoreless twice in in November and 3-times total in 23-games! With 39-points (10G, 29A), Malkin leads the NHL in both points (by 5) and assists (by 7). Islanders’ goaltender Joey MacDonald was named the Third Star of the Month.
Sidney Crosby, NHL’s First Star of the Week: In the last week, Sidney Crosby led all NHL scorers by notching 9-points (6G, 3A) in just 3-games for 3-points per game average. Crosby’s performance resulted in a 2-1-0 record and kept the Penguins in 4th-place in the Eastern Conference. After a relatively slow start this season (by his standards), Crosby piled up the points in all three games. He had 3-points (1G, 2A) in the 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders on November 26th. He then had 2-points (2G) goals in the 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on November 28th. He finished up the week by collecting 4-points with his second career hat trick and an assist in the 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on November 29th. The 9-point outburst pushed Crosby to second place in the NHL scoring race with 34-points (13G, 21A), just 5-points behind Evgeni Malkin. Goaltenders Jonas Hiller (Ducks) and Chris Mason (Blues) were named the Second and Third Star of the week, respectively.