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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby earns NHL's first star in return to action

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby earns NHL's first star in return to action

Pittsburgh Penguins\' Sidney Crosby warms up prior to an NHL hockey game against Montreal Canadiens in Montreal, Saturday, November 26, 2011. Crosby\'s return to the action made a big impact on the NHL.The Pittsburgh Penguins captain was named the league\'s first star of the week Monday after putting up nine points (2-7) in his first four games since January. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes Author: The Hockey News

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Penguins captain Sidney Crosby earns NHL's first star in return to action

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sidney Crosby's return to the action made a big impact on the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain was named the league's first star of the week Monday after putting up nine points (2-7) in his first four games since January.

Crosby picked up where he left off prior to being sidelined with a concussion, scoring just over five minutes into his return against the Islanders on Nov. 21. He had four points in that game.

The Penguins star finished the week with a plus-7 rating and helped his team move atop the NHL standings by going 3-0-1.

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider was named second star of the week while St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott was given the third star.

Schneider posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and two shutouts.

Elliott extended his winning streak to six games and improved his season record to 10-1-0 by posting three consecutive victories with a 0.98 GAA, .963 save percentage and one shutout.

He was the only goaltender to keep Crosby off the scoresheet last week.

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