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Crosby, Dubnyk and Burns named NHL’s Stars of March


NEW YORK-As is the case at the start of every month, the NHL announced it’s three stars for the previous month. A familiar face was atop the list for the month of March.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of March on Friday.

Crosby was named the first star of the month after he and his team had a hot month of March. Crosby led all players with 14 assists and 21 points in 16 games while his team went 12-4, including 10-1 in the last eleven games. He registered at least one point in 15 of those 16 games, including a 12-game point streak to start the month. In fact, the 28-year-old has had a hot start to the calendar year. In 40 games in 2016, Crosby has tallied 23 goals and 53 points, tops in the NHL since the start of January. He’s currently third in league scoring with 80 points.

Dubnyk was March’s second star. The Wild netminder went 10-2-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout in 14 appearances. His best work in March probably came in Minnesota’s 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on the 26th. That win moved the Wild to five points over the Avalanche for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. Dubnyk’s 10 wins in March helped him became the third goalie in team history to reach 30 wins in a season, improving his record to 32-23-6.

Burns was the third star of the month. The San Jose blueliner shared second place in the NHL in both assists (13) and points (19) in 16 games. His performance is part of the reason the Sharks clinched a playoff berth for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. Not only did Burns have a great month of March, he’s had great season, in general. The 31-year-old has set personal career highs in goals (27), assists (46) and points (73). Those numbers are also new franchise records for goals, assists, and points by a defenseman in a single season.

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