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Malkin named NHL’s first star for second straight week

Dec 2, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

Evgeni Malkin AP

Evgeni Malkin had himself a nice little November.

On Monday, the Pittsburgh center was named the NHL’s first star of the week for the second consecutive time, edging out Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall (second star) and Chicago’s Duncan Keith (third).

Malkin earned first star honors on the strength of nine points in four games — in which the Pens went 3-0-1 — and led all NHL skaters in scoring. Malkin notched one assist in a 4-3 OT loss to Boston, 2G-1A in a 6-5 shootout win over Toronto, one assist in a 3-0 win over Tampa and then exploded for 1G-3A in a 5-1 win over Florida. As a result, Malkin now leads the NHL in assists (28) and sits second with 35 points, trailing Pittsburgh teammate and captain Sidney Crosby.

Second star went to Kronwall, who registered three multi-point games as the Detroit went undefeated last week. The Swedish rearguard went for 1G-1A against Boston and notched two assists against both the Islanders and Senators, and now has nine points over his last six games and a five-game assist streak. Overall, Kronwall sits fourth among NHL defensemen with 21 points through 26 games this year.

Third star went to Keith, who tied Malkin for the league lead with six assists last week. His production helped the ‘Hawks win four straight, closing out their annual Circus Trip in style by finishing the lengthy road swing atop the NHL standings. Keith recorded at least one helper in wins over Edmonton, Calgary, Dallas and Phoenix and now leads all NHL defensemen in assists, with 23. Last week’s scoring bonanza also moved him past Kronwall into second on the NHL defenseman scoring list — Keith now has 24 points in 28 games this year, trailing only Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson (27 points).

  1. ash0war - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Way to go geno! U Deserve it!

  2. irokkit - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Atta boy!!!!
    Keep it going.
    I’d love to see Malkin get the accolades Ovie and/or Sid the “crybaby” Kid get.
    He’s my 2nd choice every year for the Lady Bing!!!

    • jpelle82 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      thanks for the laugh dude. malkin will never even get a whiff of the lady byng…i love the guy but i can think of a couple minor penalties this year already that exhibit a lack of “gentlemanly conduct” needed to qualify for it. i think st louis won it with only 6 minor penalties one year. malkin’s so damn competitive, its impossible for him to remain “gentlemanly and sportsmanlike” all year, and i’m ok with that for the most part. i think malkin got plenty of accolades when he won the ross, hart, lindsay, calder, conn smythe, and stanley cup by the way.

  3. valoisvipers - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Geno is in Beast Mode!

  4. ash0war - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Is there a need to put “crybaby” kid. Leave him alone sidney has changed over the years, he’s a lot better now!

    • hockey412 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      There’s no need to question it – I’m pretty sure Sid loves his haters.

      • c9castine - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        its easy to love your haters when you’ve scored 700 points with awards galore and a stanley up and in the same time frame people are still coming up with the same old baseless opinions on him.

  5. kastout11 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    The last thing the Metropolitan Division needs is for this guy to catch fire. Although he is prone to some pretty awful turnovers, he is pretty amazing when he is on. As a Flyers fan, nothing scares me more than Malkin, Crosby, Neal and Letang on the ice at the same time during a power play.

    • basedrum777 - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Except your Gm’s decisions right? Nightmarish….

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