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Crosby named NHL’s first star for March

Apr 1, 2013, 12:53 PM EST

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Just two days after suffering a broken jaw that will sideline him indefinitely, Sidney Crosby won the NHL’s first star for the month of March.

Crosby led the league in assists (19) and points (25) as his Penguins set an NHL record for the first perfect month (15 wins) in history.

No. 87 recorded points in 12 of those 15 games and had a whopping eight multi-point contests, including matching a career-high with five assists against the Islanders on Mar. 10.

As mentioned above, Crosby’s month ended on a sour note when he took a puck to the face during Pittsburgh’s 2-0 win over the Islanders on Saturday. The Pens captain will be out for an undetermined length of time after undergoing surgery.

March’s second star went to Montreal defenseman PK Subban.

Subban led all NHL defensemen with 18 points in 14 games and finished first among all players — not just defensemen — with 11 power-play points.

He also put himself in Canadiens lore by becoming the first blueliner to score seven goals in a month in nearly 20 years (the last to do it was Mathieu Schneider in 1994).

Third star went to Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

In what’s shaping up to be a Vezina-worthy (and possibly Hart-worthy) campaign, Bobrovsky led all goalies with three shutouts in March, finishing second in wins (nine), goals-against average (1.49) and save percentage (.950).

His stellar play saw the Jackets post the most successful month in franchise history. Columbus went 10-2-4 in March and now hold sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

  1. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Wonder what flavor of smoothie he’ll have to celebrate?!?

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I’ll betcha a million bucks there will be at least one low class comment below….

    • ibieiniid - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      And ill bet you a mil that your comment isn’t preventing it from happening…

      I guess they based the first star award this month on ability to be a bit**.

      (Shhhhhhh… just let it happen)

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Ah, and there it is. I’ll admit I didn’t expect it to be DIRECTLY below, but I guess little bit**es know little bit**es when they see them, huh. Internet anonymity is awesome for bit**es.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        (Shhhhhhh… just let it happen)

        +1 from me for that.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        lol this guy is like Sidney Crosby’s personal online bodyguard. “I’m gonna go ahead and make my presence known. anyone says anything about my boy………… dead.”

        he’s like the Guardian Angels of PHT…. except he only protects one little bit**. also reminds me of that kid that cried on youtube about people making fun of Britney Spears. LEAVE SIDNEY ALONE!

        although, assuming that somebody is gonna joke Sidney is one of his only assumptions I’ve ever agreed with. i’ll give him that.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        on a lighter note, here’s something we can both poke our eyes out to:

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Who the eff are you talking to, or trying to get attention from? With your “look at this guy….” BS? Either way, you’ve proven my point.

        And real men don’t lol. If you are a guy, stop it.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        No offense, you obnoxious POS, but how about you spare everyone your pointless cries for attention. You can’t take anyone’s critisism of your town/your team, but you’re the first people to shoot your mouth off. That’s really what’s eating at you. Kill it. Find the offswitch on your mouth/your computer and slap that mother silly. (and yes…that’s just baiting you to make yet anoter classless joke). You’ve added very little.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        again, I’d like you to point out where YOUR input was about the article. this is an article about YOUR team, and you couldn’t even come up with something to say about it. nope, just more insults. do you ejizzulate in your pants every time you call somebody a name? seems like it.

      • whammy71 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        Hockey withdrawal is just defending his Captain – just ask PhillyPhalicSymbol about the need to defend your Captain at all costs. He’ll set you straight.

    • supercoop8 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      You are the same @hockeywithdrawal that trolls every Flyers, Bruins, Rangers, and Devils article right?? But no you’re right you are probably in a position to tell everyone about class and how everyone uses internet anonymity as an outlet for false toughness.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        thank you! hockeywithdrawal brings out the worst in me. at least he says more than “1975.”

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Commenting is much different than trolling. And hey, while you’re in the section for comments, on the article, did you have one? Or are you trolling other commenters?

      • ibieiniid - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        i believe YOU sir, were the one that started this comment thread… AIMED at commenters. and again, like coop said, how the fu** are YOU the one telling people to give insight. i’ve maybe seen one post by you ever without an insult, some misinformation, or blind praise for the godly Penguins.

        at least we don’t suck Crosby’s di** daily.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        also, where the f*** is YOUR comment on the actual article? there isn’t one. you went immediately for the trolling and didn’t look back…. like you do on EVERY article.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Actually ibieniid your first comment was the one insulting sid and brough no input at all to the article. Pot i would like to introduce you to kettle. Kettle this is pot.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        hey bud, he put the ball on the tee. I don’t normally troll Pens posts. i may make a joke here and there, but I don’t go hunting for articles to start sh** on. you can’t expect to try to get Flyers fans to not diss Crosby, and have them listen. IMO, that’s a fundamental modern-day flyers/pens rivalry rule. i GUARANTEE if i said what he started this thread with…. he’d have been the first to reply (probably would’ve included the name “Claudia,” and been far more uncouth than mine. try to deny that and keep a straight face.)

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        I haven’t heard a pens fan mention “Claudia” since last years playoffs. Maybe thats because he hasnt been relevant since then, but that is neither here or there. The fact is your calling out someone for trolling when your doing the same thing. Thats called being a hypocrit. There are a bunch of nice flyer fans on here and they keep it civil while taking shots. Your not one of them, thats cool i get it, but you sound like a idiot when you call someone out for doing the same thing as you.

  3. cheesesteak75 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    No surprise. Get well soon!

  4. matthews4 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Ok all i have heard from Pens fans is how nobody is taking the moral high ground during this injury. Are you really surprised. First of all the dude is a first class prick. It’s not his talent that is ever in ?, it’s his smug, right of entitlement attitude. Should people make fun at a horrific event, probably not, but Pens fans the moral police hardly. Matt Cooke is on your team, and for the most part, every time that bastard does something cheap the same fans who take the moral high ground now, defend him. I remember when Savard got hurt Pens fans on this very site saying he was faking or embellishing. 2 years later dude can’t remember what he had for breakfast. What I’m saying is maybe people don’t look at it as classless to make fun of a guy and organization at times that has shown none.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      This message is tasteless. Max just broke his leg, and all I see are 99% of the Pens fans on there saying ‘get better, Max’. Enough of the “Cooke was dirty 6 years ago” BS, that has nothing to do with Crosby. Maybe classless people DON’T see it as classless, which is why there are enough people here to remind them that they are, in fact, classless. Has Crosby been a prick to Philly? Yes. Should he have been? Probably not. Did they deserve it? Most definitely. Those stories play out on the ice.

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      U mad brah? Yeah U mad.

    • whammy71 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Btw MattyS4 – Cooke’s hit was legal when it occurred. Sorry – tough sport.

      And Cooke hasn’t done 1 bad thing in 2 years…..maybe you should keep up on current events…..instead of living in the past.

    • drone501 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      would love to see cook scramble giroux brain just as flyer fans are thrilled about sids injury. you know one last parting shot on the greatest hockey player in the world.

  5. 5hole26 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    savard and pronger deserve it. soup can doesnt he is a greek clydesdale god

  6. earpaniac - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I didn’t agree with the Rookie of the Month award, but I definitely don’t have a problem with this one. He definitely deserved this. I’m not a Pens fan, but how can you deny Crosby is the best player in hockey? I think too many people let their hate override their judgement. Or because they hate him they will pick apart his game or him personally. I’m a huge Blackhawks fan, but I love hockey too. I will watch him play anytime. Every sport has a “face” and he’s it for the NHL. Any coverage he gets, IMO, is good for the NHL and the sport in general. I hope he’s back and 100% for the playoffs, because if he isn’t and they lose, if it was the ‘Hawks who beat them, I’d always wonder in the back of my mind if they really were the best team.

  7. matthews4 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Really, wow dude look at the comment right below yours . Max was a Penguin he is going to get love, if that was Claude different story. Cooke is a dirty bastard, not was. Buy a ticket got to a game a lot of things happen behind the play. He still elbows, he still slashes where there are no pads, and it’s not one incident that makes him dirty and CLASSLESS. Maybe your right somebody needs to remind Cooke that he is Classless . He has not been converted into the poster boy the league wants. Yeah Pens fans need to remind the rest of us what class is, Joke. Do you realize how self righteous you honestly sound.

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      If the pens organization is so classless why did 2 captains (who have only spend time with 1 organzation) waive their NTC to come to Pittsburgh? Why did billy guerin stay with the organization even after retiring. You make yourself sound bitter and jealous and uninformed. I just laugh at your comments because just by reading them i can tell your extremely butt hurt about where the penguins are right now. Im sure you will respond with some rubbish about us being ousted in the first round because your crystal ball says so. People will always hate matt cooke for what he did, but i attend every home game as a season ticket holder and havent seen any of those incidents you mention above. Please provide me with video evidence from this year to back up your claims.

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Yeah because Cooke is the ONLY player in the league to do things like that.

    • pens5829 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Must suck to be you?. You got anger issues dude. You make me laugh though, which is why we, as Pens fans, look down on low-lifes like you.

  8. penzfan329 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    You obviously haven’t watched the penguins much if at all. For you to say that is just ignorant

  9. matthews4 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Some how i don’t think I’m in the minority here http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/erik-karlsson-blames-matt-cooke-injury-not-really-161103118–nhl.html

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      hahaha go gather your forensic evidence.

  10. jkaplan11 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    PK vs. Sutter for the Norris

    • valoisvipers - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Sutter!

  11. holeecowman - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    such b/s only name 1st because they felt sorry because he lost a few teeth and crack his jaw, not to mention he can knob slob for at least 6 weeks

    • sportsfreak13 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Yep had nothing to do with him leading the league in assists and points during the month. What a well informed fan of the game you are. Please give us more insight.

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Is this even english? Wow!!!

      • handsofsweed - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        No. The only language he speaks is “Bitterish.”

    • pens5829 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Another STOOPID statement…

  12. dareu2steelmypenguin - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Good to see Sid get it. Most assists and points in March…Captain of the fiercest team in the league right now. Who else you gonna give it to?

    • holeecowman - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      heres a quick answer for dareu2steelmypenguin
      my D I C K

      • drone501 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:51 PM

        in your wife.

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