From the team:
The Pittsburgh Penguins won three of four games last week. Captain Sidney Crosby led the way, tallying eight points (1G-7A), which tied for most in the league for the week of January 1-7. Crosby was rewarded for his efforts by being named NHL ‘Third Star of the Week.’
Crosby was at his best in the final two games before Pittsburgh began its mandatory five-day bye week (January 8-12), tallying seven points in consecutive wins against the New York Islanders (4-0) and Boston (6-5). Playing on a line with rookies Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon, Crosby factored into all four goals (1G-3A) against the Islanders, his first four-point effort of the season. Two days later, Crosby tacked on three helpers in Pittsburgh’s 6-5 overtime win against the Bruins.
Crosby’s back-to-back three-assist games marked the first time since Jan. 13 and 15, 2015, that he had three assists in consecutive outings.
Earlier in the week, Crosby notched an assist in Pittsburgh’s 5-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
This season, Crosby is Pittsburgh’s second-leading scorer, having produced 43 points (15G-28A) in 44 games, which ranks him 14th (tied) overall among all NHL players. Crosby sits four points behind Phil Kessel (47 points) for the team scoring lead.
Hopefully the momentum the Pens built won’t be cooled by this bye week, they’re off until a 4:00 PM practice on Friday, followed by home games on Saturday and Sunday.