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Sidney Crosby named NHL’s third star of the week

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A good week capped off with some recognition for the captain

NHL: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in less than a month, Sidney Crosby has been recognized by the NHL for a weekly award. Last time it was as the league’s #1 star, this week his checks in at third behind Nikita Kucherov and Vladimir Tarasenko.

From the league:

Crosby notched 2 [goals]-8 [assists]—10 [points] in four outings to lift the Penguins (31-21-7, 69 points) to a trio of wins and into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. He recorded 1-2—3 in a 4-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers Feb. 11, upping his totals to 40-57—97 in 65 career contests against Pittsburgh’s intrastate rival. Crosby then picked up one assist in a 3-1 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers Feb. 13. He finished the week with back-to-back three-point performances, registering 1-2—3 in a 5-4 loss to the Calgary Flames Feb. 16 and 0-3—3 in a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers Feb. 17. The 31-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S., native and two-time Art Ross Trophy winner ranks eighth in the NHL with 25-47—72 in 56 total games this season, his sixth straight 70-point campaign.

As mentioned, Crosby is now up to 72 points in 56 games on the year. The last four seasons he’s consistently ended up with 89, 89, 85 and 84 points, but with 23 games still remaining on this season he could be closing in on his first 100+ point season since 2013-14.

Crosby also has 1,188 career points and is closing in on the 1,200 milestone. Another red hot Penguins’ star, Evgeni Malkin is at 991 career points and could be in the running for more recognition if he continues to play as well as he has been recently.