FIRST STAR – SIDNEY CROSBY, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
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). Crosby also posted six multi-point performances and added two game-winning goals – March 17 vs. CAR and March 27 at NYR (OT) – to lift the Penguins into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The 28-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S., native ranks third in the NHL with 32-48—80 in 76 games this season. That includes a League-best 23-30—53 in 40 contests during the calendar year.
SECOND STAR – DEVAN DUBNYK, G, MINNESOTA WILD
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. He yielded two or fewer goals in nine of his 14 outings, highlighted by a 29-save shutout March 26 against the Colorado Avalanche – the Wild’s closest competition in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The 29-year-old Regina, Sask., native became the third goaltender in club history to reach the 30-win milestone; he owns a 32-23-6 record with a 2.30 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and five shutouts in 63 games this season.
THIRD STAR – BRENT BURNS, D, SAN JOSE SHARKS
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). In doing so, the 31-year-old Barrie, Ont., native set career highs and single-season franchise records for goals (27), assists (46) and points (73) by a defenseman. Overall, Burns paces NHL blueliners in goals while ranking second in both assists and points in 78 games this season.