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Sidney Crosby is the NHL’s First Star of the Week

Nov 28, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

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After tallying nine points (2G-7A), posting a league-high plus-7 rating, walking on water and multiplying loaves of bread, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been named the NHL’s first star of the week.

It was a glorious return to action for No. 87. He scored on his first shot on goal in over 10 months and kept rolling from there, helping Pittsburgh secure seven of eight available points to finish atop the overall standings. Crosby even gave reporters a compelling soundbite when he went after Ottawa’s Nick Foligno. It was a good week.

Second star went to Vancouver Canucks backup netminder Cory Schneider. Wait, is he still considered the backup? ‘Cause he might not be for long. Schneider posted a perfect record with a 0.67 goals-against average and .978 save percentage with two shutouts. (Two more shutouts than Roberto Luongo has this year, in case you were wondering.) Schneider blanked the Avalanche and Coyotes and won his fourth straight by stopping 43 shots against the Sharks on Saturday.

And I know we just inundated you with numbers, but here are two more: 11 and 54. Those are the amount of years and millions of dollars left on Luongo’s contract.

Third star went to St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott. Like Schneider, Elliott is a backup that’s outplaying the starter (in the Blues’ case, Jaroslav Halak.) Elliott posted three consecutive victories with a 0.98 goals-against average, .963 save percentage and one shutout. Elliott also became the first goalie in over 70 years to allow two goals or fewer in his first 11 starts — one more and he matches Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Brimsek of the Boston Bruins, who began the 1938-39 season with 12.

  1. toegoat - Nov 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    Let the hate begin…………

    • sportsinhd - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      While we all bask in the greatness that is Crosby. Love him or hate him he’s the best player in the game right now, and if he continues to play at this high a level for the next ten years, he’ll go down as one of the greatest ever to play the game.

  2. theolgoaler - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Hey, a “Kid Zero” reference! Halak and Elliott have both been playing exceptionally well since Ken Hitchcock’s hiring, but “Ells” has been unreal

  3. govtminion - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Nothing against Sid or Schneider, but… I hadn’t realized until now that Elliott was having that kind of season so far. Those numbers are just incredible.

  4. carol6645 - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    A captain of his team like no other! He watches out for his goalie and the other players.
    He does all this while he plays the game of his life every game!

  5. carol6645 - Nov 29, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    I love Lundqvist. This is one nite he better not rain on the Penguins parade. Nail biting game. Physical Rangers and #1 Goalie.

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