Crosby, Dubnyk, Burns named NHL’s three stars of the month

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk and San Jose Sharks long-bearded defenseman Brent Burns have been named the NHL’s three stars for the month of March.

Crosby led all players with 14 assists and 21 points in 16 games to power the Penguins (44-25-8, 96 points) to a 12-4-0 March, tied for their second-most wins in any calendar month in franchise history. He registered at least one point in 15 of his 16 appearances, including a 12-game point streak to open the month (Feb. 29 — March 20: 6-14–20).

Dubnyk went 10-2-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout in 14 appearances to propel the Wild (38-29-11, 87 points) to a 10-4-1 March, one win shy of the franchise record for any calendar month.

Burns shared second place in the NHL in both assists (13) and points (19) in 16 games to guide the Sharks (43-29-6, 92 points) to a 9-7-0 March and their 11th playoff berth in the last 12 seasons. He collected at least one point in 12 of his 16 contests, including seven multi-point performances (as well as three straight to close the month).

As impressive as Crosby was last month, the Penguins as a team have been a roll of late with 10 wins in their last 11 games, taking over second in the Metropolitan Division. And with the playoffs around the corner, they could be a dangerous team to meet in the opening round.