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Conor Sheary named NHL’s first star of the week

It’s been quite a week for him!

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

If anybody is absolutely feeling it lately, it’s Conor Sheary. Following a three-point game against the Boston Bruins, he’s now on a four-game point streak; in those four games, he has six goals.

He simply didn’t score against the Montreal Canadiens, which is a shame; in three of his past four games he has two goals apiece.

The Elias Sports Bureau even has a nifty little Boston-based quirk from the Massachusetts-born player:

Sheary is now the fourth current NHL player born in Massachusetts who has notched a multiple-goal game versus the Bruins at some point in his career. The others: Jimmy Hayes, Jack Eichel and Brian Boyle.

Sheary has, simply put, been awesome. Which would explain this:

To put that in further perspective, Sheary is now fourth on the Penguins in scoring, with 34 points in 39 games. He’s behind just noted good players Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Phil Kessel, who are all top 10 in NHL scoring (and, in Crosby and Malkin’s case, tied for second).

He’s scoring at a .87 points per game rate, so he’s probably Crosby’s new favorite player. And Crosby has, indeed, been involved in about 62% of Sheary’s points this season - and six of Sheary’s nine this past week.

But while Sheary has only been involved in about 39% of Crosby’s points this season, that’s more than anybody else by a fair margin. Twenty-one times they’ve combined together; the next best player on Crosby’s list is Patric Hornqvist, who has helped on 12 of his points.

Sheary and Crosby are seriously clicking. And while Crosby is the guy creating most of the team’s offence, this past week deservingly belonged to Sheary.