Recovering from broken jaw, Crosby named NHL's first star for March
Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby is helped by referee Ian Walsh after being hit in the face with a puck during the first period of an NHL game against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 30, 2013. (AP / Gene J. Puskar)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, April 1, 2013 1:10PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, April 1, 2013 2:20PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Sidney Crosby's broken jaw was the unfortunate end of an otherwise spectacular month.
The NHL named Crosby the first star for the month after the Penguins captain's 25 points in 15 games helped Pittsburgh go undefeated in March.
Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban was named second star, while Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky took third-star honours.
Crosby is out indefinitely with a broken jaw after he was hit in the mouth with a puck in the first period of Pittsburgh's 2-0 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday.
Prior to that, the NHL's leading scorer had a stellar month with six goals and 19 assists as Pittsburgh went 15-0-0 for March. He also tied linemate Pascal Dupuis for a league-leading plus-19 rating.
He also matched a career high with five assists against the Islanders on March 10, becoming the only active player with more than one five-assist game in his career
The 25-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S., native leads the NHL with 41 assists and 56 points in 36 games this season. He also ranks second in the league with a plus-26 rating and 14 power-play assists.
Subban led all defencemen in March with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 14 games, including a league-leading 11 power-play points.
The 23-year-old Toronto native leads all NHL defenceman this season with 10 goals and ranks third with 27 points in 28 games.
Bobrovsky led the NHL with three shutouts and also ranked second in wins (nine), goals-against average (1.49) and save percentage (.950) as Columbus went 10-2-4 in its most successful month in franchise history.
The 24-year-old Russian is 12-8-6 in 26 games this season, ranking second in the league with a .927 save percentage and eighth with a 2.13 goals-against average.