Returning from a 61-game absence last Monday, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored on his first shot.

Seven days later, the star Pittsburgh center was named one of the NHL's best players of the week.

Crosby, who had been sidelined since January with concussion-related symptoms, topped the league's "Three Stars" on Monday after posting two goals and seven assists in his first four games.

In his season debut, a 5-0 win over the Islanders, Crosby had two goals and two assists and the Penguins went 3-0-1 during the week. Crosby led the NHL with a plus-seven rating.

Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider was named Second Star after going 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 0.67, a .978 save percentage and two shutouts.

Blues goaltender Brian Elliott extended his winning streak to six games and earned Third Star honors, posting three straight victories to improve to 10-1-0 on the season.