Crosby Named NHL's Second Star of the Week

Justin K. Aller

Ho hum.

After collecting two goals and eight points in his last three games, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby was named the NHL's second star of the week.

As Pittsburgh went 3-0-0 to move its record to an Eastern Conference-leading 7-1-0 on the year, Crosby earned his second-straight Three Stars honor after taking third star the week prior.

From the NHL,

Crosby extended his season-opening point streak to a career-long eight games, leading the NHL with six assists and eight points as the Penguins remained atop the Metropolitan Division with a trio of victories.

He opened the week by assisting on all three of Pittsburgh's goals in a 3-2 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers Oct. 15, his 36th career game with three or more helpers. Crosby then notched one goal and one assist in a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Oct. 17 and registered 1-2-3 in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks Oct. 19.

The 26-year-old native of Cole Harbour, N.S., has five multi-point efforts through his first eight games of the season and leads the League with 17 points, while ranking tied for first in goals (7) and assists (10).

Detroit G Jonas Gustavsson and San Jose forward Patrick Marleau were the first and third stars of the week, respectively.

In Pittsburgh, last year's Hart Trophy runner-up is off to the best start of his career, posting a league-leading 17 points through eight games. He has points in each game this season and scored two or more points in five of those contests.

Crosby's 2.125 points per game pace is unsustainable. His career pace hovers near a still-silly 1.43 average. Nonetheless, you can't discount what he and his linemates have done so far.

Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis have been the NHL's most dominant even-strength line early on, scoring at a torrid pace while the team's forward depth is otherwise felled by injury.

It's an act these three have put on in years past, and the early returns are making their recent contract extensions—a combined 18 years and $131 million over the last two summers—look very wise indeed.

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