Originally written on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 3/26/12

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a first period goal against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on November 27, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

This is becoming repetitive news, but Evgeni Malkin did it again he was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week.   This is only the second time this season that he’s been named First Star, he’s been a Second once and Third Star twice.  In the last week Malkin has added 5 goals and 4 assists to his league leading 97 points, during which time the Penguins went 3-1-0.  Steven Stamkos is trailing 10 points behind him for the Art Ross Trophy and Malkin has played 6 less games than Stamkos.  It’s also worth noting that Malkin is averaging a staggering 1.43 points per game. 

The Penguins hit the 100 point mark for the second year in a row and have a chance to overtake the New York Rangers for the first spot in the Eastern Conference.  With 7 games left anything is possible.  This week the Penguins have two games against the Islanders and finish off the week with the Buffalo Sabres who are fighting for the playoffs.  But next week will be the true challenge when the Pens finish the regular season at home against the Flyers, at Boston and home against the Rangers and the Flyers again.  We’ll need Malkin to be the First Star again that week for sure.

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