Once again, Crosby has proved why he is one of the NHL’s elite players. On Monday, it was announced by the NHL that center Sidney Crosby had been named the ‘Third Star’ of the week.
Crosby notched his eighth career hat trick last Saturday night in a come-from-behind victory against Tampa Bay, winning 5-4. In the three games Crosby played last week he had eight points (3G-4A). Crosby is currently on a five game point streak in the NHL. Crosby vaulted to the top of the NHL scoring race on Saturday night by scoring three goals and adding an assist for a season-high four points against the Lightning.
With the Penguins trailing by a 3-2 deficit entering the third period, Crosby tied the game just 25 seconds into the final frame by deflecting a Rob Scuderi shot past Lighting goalie Anders Lindback. He gave Pittsburgh its first lead, and finished his hat trick, by scoring again midway through the frame. His first in the regular season since Dec. 2, 2010
The Penguins improved to 4-1 with the victory, two points better than the Carolina Hurricanes in the division standings.
Ahead of Crosby this week was San Jose Sharks stand out center Tomas Hertl and Colorado Avalanche goalies Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Crosby is hoping to stay strong this week. During the Edmonton Oilers game Tuesday night, Crosby notched a first period assist to winger Pascal Dupuis to give Pittsburgh the 1-0 early. As the game went on Crosby received two more assists from a goal by Chris Kunitz and the game winning goal from Evgeni Malkin.
As of now, Crosby would be tied for second in the NHL with Washington Capital Niklas Backstrom with 7 assists. After the game against Edmonton, Crosby currently leads the NHL with 12 total points.
Crosby has posted at least one point in each of Pittsburgh’s first six games, his longest point streak to begin a season since his rookie year.
Crosby has looked sharp so far this season. He is distributing the puck well and putting the net in the back of the net. The first line of Kunitz and Dupuis has been solid and productive for the Penguins. The question for fans is if Crosby can stay healthy. Crosby has been plagued by the past few seasons by concussions and injuries. Crosby’s last full season was during the 2009-2010 NHL season.
A healthy Crosby is a great thing for the Penguins but how does his productivity help Malkin? Both of them are fantastic centers and pieces for the team. However, it seems that usually one does well over the other when both of them are healthy and playing well together.
No matter though, Crosby is on pace for a huge NHL season in total points, goals and assists. But the ultimate goal for him and the team is another Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh.
As the week continues, Crosby will have a tough test this week against their in-state rival the Philadelphia Flyers and the Vancouver Canucks.