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The Sidney Crosby Show Continues

PENGUINS 6 – DUCKS 2

The Sidney Crosby showed continued Monday night.

Crosby scored two breakaway goals and added two assists in leading the Penguins to a 6-2 victory over the red-hot Anaheim Ducks.

The Penguins came out of gates flying and scored twice in the first 10:06 of the game on deflection goals from Chris Kunitz (10), 3:38 into the first, and Conor Sheary (3) at 10:06 at the period.

Any time there was a push from the Ducks, Pittsburgh responded and they smelled blood on making the Ducks pay for defensive breakdowns.

Ryan Getzlaf scored with 50 seconds left in the first to cut the Penguins lead to 2-1 and 16 seconds later Carl Hagelin (5) scores a breakaway goal off a neutral zone breakdown from Anaheim and the Penguins go to first intermission up 3-1.

Anaheim would never get within one goal over the final 40:17 of the game.

The final two periods would be the Sidney Crosby show with two dazzling individual goals.

A product of the Penguins new defensive system under Mike Sullivan is a man-to-man read and react system. The center only parks himself behind the net when the D need support.

On Crosby’s breakaway goal with 4:59 left in the second period, the puck goes up top to Ryan Getzlaf (who is Sidney Crosby man in the d-zone) at the blueline and Crosby comes all the way from the left post aggressively at Getzlaf, takes a great angle, creates the turnover and is in all alone on Gibson and buries one past Gibson 5-hole before the young Ducks netminder ever gets set.

It was a sensational defensive play as Getzlaf likely expected pressure from the winger up top not Crosby coming out of nowhere at him up the middle of the ice.

Crosby then one upped himself with an even better goal in what was the backbreaking goal of the game, just 3:35 into the third period after the Ducks got within two goals late in the second period.

Crosby wasn’t done just yet.

He then led the rush off a Ducks turnover in the neutral zone to setup Olli Maatta for the Penguins sixth goal of the game off a 3-on-1 rush at 6:47 of the period.

Crosby’s four point night gives him 22 points in his last 11 games and after scoring goals No. 23 and 24 on the season, he has 18 goals in his last 19 games.

Since the second half of the 2009-2010 season through the 2010-2011 season that was cut short for Crosby due to the concussion issues, Crosby has never regained the type of goal scoring ability he possessed during that period of peak prime or has he? We may be heading down the road again.

Crosby in the midst of an 11 game points streak (12 Goals – 10 Assists) now has a career long seven game goal streak and look at the shooting percentages over those seven games.

20.0%
33.3%
50.0%
37.5%
33.3%
16.7%
66.7%

Crosby’s shooting percentage during the 11 game points streak is 29%. His career shooting percentage is 14.4%.

When Crosby was at his best as a goal scorer from 2009-2011, he had a shooting percentage of 17.7% in 2009-2010, his only 50 goal season and 19.9% in 41 games during the 2010-2011 season.

With a nine game goal scoring streak at home, the last time Crosby didn’t score a goal at home was almost two months ago on December 19, 2015.

[Box Score] | PIT – ANA Advance Stats |

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William DePaoli

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