Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Evgeni Malkin has reportedly been named the NHL’s ‘Second Star’ for the month of November, according to the team’s website.
Honored as the NHL’s ‘First Star’ for the last two weeks of the month, Malkin led all NHL skaters in assists (21) and points (25). His 21 helpers were also reportedly the most assists an NHL player has tallied in a month since the great Wayne Gretzky did it in 1996.
Recording eight-muliple point outings, Malkin scored a point in 14 out of the 15 November contests. His offensive outburst also has placed him one point behind teammate Sidney Crosby, who’s leading the NHL scoring race with 36 points.
This award also marks the second month in-a-row that a Pens’ player has received the ‘Second Star’ honor. Crosby, who performed outstanding in October, won the ‘Second Star’ for that month.
Chicago’ forward Patrick Kane took home the ‘First Star’ award, and Minnesota’ goaltender Josh Harding bagged the ‘Third Star’ honor – according to the NHL.