It didn’t take long for Sidney Crosby to earn accolades in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins forward was named the league’s rookie of the month for October. In 11 games, Crosby led all rookies in scoring with 14 points (two goals, 12 assists). Crosby won the award despite Alex Ovechkin’s 8 goals in 11 games.
Brian Leetch will be out for the next month after the Bruins defenseman was diagnosed with a strained knee ligament on Wednesday.
Leetch injured the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Tuesday night when he collided with New York Islanders forward Shawn Bates during the second period of Boston’s 4-3 overtime loss.
The Philadelphia Flyers will put three rookie centres on the ice Thursday night against the Washington Capitals.
Not many NHL teams have that many first-year players at such a critical position, but coach Ken Hitchcock has no qualms about using Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and R.J. Umberger.
“The future starts tomorrow night,” Hitchcock said after practice Wednesday.