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Sidney Crosby named NHL First Star of the Week again

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For the second time already this season, Sidney Crosby has been named Ice Hockey’s First Star of the Week.

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Crosby also earned the honor in Week 1 of the season. From the league version at this time:

Crosby led the NHL in goals (t-4), assists (7) and points (11) in four games to propel the Penguins (9-7-3, 21 points) to a 3-1-0 week. He scored once in a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 15 to pass Brian Trottier for alone 17th place on the NHL points list. Crosby then posted a 2-2-4, his 36th career four-point performance and first of the season, in a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Wild November 17. 19 before closing out the week at 1-3-4, including his 80th game-winning goal (tied for 36th in league history), in a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on November 20. The longtime Pittsburgh captain and two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner is ranked seventh in the NHL with a 10-17-27 through 19 total games so far in 2022-23.

As mentioned, Crosby is on the individual ledger, and his 22 points of equal strength They are tied for the most in the league with defender Erik Carlsson. Crosby still trails Edmonton’s Conor McDavid by seven points in the scoring race, and as usual, Oiler is having a special season with 16 goals and 18 assists in just 18 games so far this year.

For an old man, Crosby hasn’t slowed down much during the season at the now 35-year-old. He’s proving he’s still one of the best offensive players in the league and at times he’s simply put the Penguins on his back and wants wins, Like last night against Chicago.

This week also included a perfect goal by Crosby. He always has plenty of highlights to choose from throughout the week, month, year and decade, but Crosby’s second goal of the night against Minnesota really deserves more talking about him.

First, there is the snow disc load and o-zone insertion. Standard stuff, but Crosby does the heavy lifting himself. Then the fun really begins when Jake Guentzel’s Crosby dishes kick off. Watch as he almost floats to the net, flexes his hips and then drops to his knee. Guentzel’s puck is a great pass, and it almost requires slow motion to even catch up and see firsthand how Crosby swipes the moving puck, dodges a defender and outruns the goalie to score in a matter of such quick blinking. Crosby scored harder targets and a highlight reel style, but there was something really special about the elegance and simplicity of how he (and Guentzel) pulled it off.

It’s a thing of beauty, and while there are so many unique and creative plays to choose from, it might be one of my favorite goals scored by Crosby. There aren’t many players who can turn a routine blue line area entry into a power play into the art of that goal. It’s a normal looking game until suddenly the puck is in the net. It really shows how dangerous Crosby is on the ice at all times.

And it’s fitting that after a week of committing offense and helping get the pens’ season back on track, the NHL is recognizing Crosby as their Player of the Week.

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