May 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) reacts with teammate left wing Chris Kunitz (left) after Crosby scored his second goal of the game against the New York Islanders during the first period in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Crosby, Kunitz Named NHL First-Team; Letang Second


The Pittsburgh Penguins announced via Twitter that forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz have been named NHL First-Team All-Stars, with defenseman Kris Letang receiving Second-Team honors.

In addition, Kunitz and Letang have also reportedly been awarded postseason all-stars – making it the first time for both.

For Crosby, it is his second First-Team (the other in 2006-07) and he also was named Second-Team back in 2010.

Despite missing the last month of the regular-season due to a broken jaw, Crosby still finished as the league’s best points-per-game manufacturer with 1.56 and tied for third in scoring with 56 points (15G, 41A).

Kunitz enjoyed his best season with Pittsburgh.

Recently agreeing to a three-year contract extension, Kunitz finished the season with 52 points (22G, 30A) and logged a plus-30 rating — second behind teammate Pascal Dupuis (+31).

Kunitz’ 22 goals were the most out of any Pens skater and he tied for third in the NHL with nine power play goals.

Number-14’s postseason all-star honors made him the second Penguins left wing ever to make the team (Kevin Stevens was the other).

Letang – who like Kunitz agreed to a contract extension this offseason – had himself a standout year as well.

Nominated for the Norris Trophy (best defenseman) following the 2012-13 campaign, Letang led all blueliners with a 1.09 points-per-game average and tied for first in the NHL for scoring amongst defenseman with 38 points (5G, 33A).

His postseason all-star honors are well deserved, as he led all NHL defenseman in points with 16 (3G, 13A) and his 13 assists were also tops amongst blueliners.

On his way to becoming the most prolific two-way defenseman in the NHL, Letang led the team with an average of 25:38 minutes on the ice for Pittsburgh during the regular-season and also with 27:37 minutes in the postseason.

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