SIDNEY CROSBY LEADING THE CHARGE LIKE A ONCE-IN-A-DECADE TYPE PLAYER SHOULD BE
The Penguins Thursday night vs the Carolina Hurricanes had a near identical start to Sunday afternoon’s game vs the New York Rangers.
Pittsburgh was atrocious defensively with the difference being the Hurricanes getting two quick goals to go ahead 2-0, something the Rangers were unable to do.
The Penguins were again playing with fire due to a poor start but this was a Hurricanes team with the personnel they had in the lineup that resembled more of a bottom-5 lottery team than a team that’s six points out of a playoff spot.
The way the Penguins were able to push the pace offensively even while down 2-0, whoever got that next goal when it was 2-0 Carolina, was going to win the game.
And that’s where Sidney Crosby came into the picture to make sure it wasn’t Carolina. Crosby was a man possessed with playing a dominant 200 ft game and he took the game over. The Hurricanes were a tap in goal away from going up 3-0.
Crosby then goes the other way with a great individual goal to make it a 2-1 game. It was a major momentum change in the game and he wasn’t done.
Among other things, an exceptional back check in the second period to halt a Hurricanes 3-on-1 rush and then Crosby followed that up with the go-ahead goal at 17:59 of the first period to put the Penguins up 3-2.
Crosby’s two goal night were his 30th, 31st goals of the season, marking the seventh 30-goal season of his career. Crosby is also in the midst of a 10 game points streak, the second 10-game points streak for him this season.
The points, though, just haven’t told the whole story of his impact lately. As mentioned after Tuesday night’s game, his play away from the puck, notably the determination on the back check and winning puck battles, is just as important right now in the message it’s sending to his teammates.
Crosby is leading the charge and he’s leading the way that he should be.
— A pretty telling game for Matt Murray that shows again how bright the future is for him. Falls down early 2-0 with the first goal being a bad one but he never lost composure. The Penguins gave up way too many high danger scoring chances even after the poor start and Murray was able to shut the door.
Stopped a 2-on-0 breakaway when the Canes were up and on the penalty kill he showed great angles as the Hurricanes were going to have to beat him with a great shot.
— Ian Cole is seeing a little bit of a resurgence since returning to the lineup. 2 Assists in the win, including an excellent primary assist with a fake shot/pass on Sidney Crosby’s go ahead goal. The offense is a bonus in the eyes of the coaching staff. Defensively the coaches have been thrilled with Cole’s improved play in front of the net as Mike Sullivan explained in depth after Thursday’s win. To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”!
what’s going on with the NHL? why aren’t any of the teams trying to beat up the pens? i wonder if the league told the teams no head hunting because of the billion dollar concussion lawsuit going on?
Because they want pens to in the playoffs .So the team facing the pens gets a free pass to the second round. Teams love to play the pens in the first round
Well if this isn’t a MENSA meeting, I don’t know what is….
1st off, ii guarantee i have a higher IQ than you do. 2nd, it is a legit statement. do you think the billion dollar concussion lawsuit the NHL is facing has anything to do with the decline in fighting and head hunting?
You maybe have a higher IQ than my left nut. Maybe.
Somehow, every one of your posts is more ridiculous than the previous one.
BAHAHAHAHA this is gold. Yoda is upset that the Pens are winning because its making him look like a fuckinasshole but his argument is pro-cheapshot because he is an even biggest fuckenasshole than I thought. Then has the nerve to say he has a high IQ than anyone not named sam on this board? Rich… fucking rich lol
Kunitz is a +30. Damn
Lundqvist benched again? Say it isn’t so yoda! is he Queen Henrik now?
Amazing that yogurt refuses to respond. Considering that Queen Henry is his GOD.
Go Wilds and Lightnings
When does the new “what we learned” article come out?
4-0 without Malkin. We need a new “excuse” article first.
Pens do better when malkin is not in the lineup less lazy passes and dumb penalties in 3rd period. Also pens record ain’t that good when Letang is not in the lineup. Man this Letang dude suckks and must be traded asap and make Mr Stan happy
2-36 on the PP with him out this year, good job dumbfuck
Someone effed up in Canada? Say it aint so!
Fleury can’t make the big save again.
Kessel is on a hot streak. He looks awesome out there. His compete level is off the charts!
Penguins getting out of the bottom 2 seeds? What are you guys even talking about….my advanced stats say it’s not possible.
Where did you get those stats gaydogg?
Do you ever make a relevant comment?
Something to think about with the expansion draft conversation, everyone assumes that Murray would be gone if left unprotected because he’s the top goalie prospect in the league but whose to say the expansion team would want a prospect? Unlike past expansions, the rules this time are going to allow the new team to be competitive from Day 1 and even contend for a playoff spot immediately if done correctly. If the team is in Vegas as seems likely I could see them taking the route of wanting more vets with name value and competing quickly as opposed to snagging… Read more »
Two teams… 4 goalies… You really think there are four tenders that will be available that will look better than Murray? Even as a backup?
I highly doubt it’s 2 teams, everything seems to be pointing towards it being Vegas and then maybe down the road Quebec.
It’s a dumb conversation. They’re not losing anyone in the expansion draft. A move will be made before it gets to that point.
Last note, Crosby shit the bed bad early this year, then again everyone not names Malkin and Fleury did early. Glad to see him back taking control. Johnston was a fuckin nightmare for this team. Now I just hope Sullivan has Crosby firing on all cylinders for the playoffs if we do make it. Oh and tip of the hat to Kessel… guy finally fucking responded. I hope we see more of that guy down the stretch, he plays like that and we should be in. The yodipshit can eat several fat bags of hugebiggerblackercoks, then again I am sure… Read more »
If Kessel steps up in the playoffs, I couldn’t care less about his play during the regular season.
Looks like Sam had a late night with the boys, if you know what I mean….
Couldnt agree more!!!
Oh and Yodumbass… what side of the fence are you on today? Still have the Pens out… fuckenretard
It awesome to see Murray developing so fast… sucks that this team will have its hand forced by expansion… we will see how the PA deals with the NTCs for the draft. MAF could be automatically safe while we protect Murray which is best case scenario. Allows us to continue the plan to ease him into the fulltime role.
If MAF is an automatic protect because of his NTC then they will not be able to protect Murray since they can only protect 1 under any scenario.
Not set in stone… The NHLPA is making a case for all players with NMCs. They PA is arguing that any player under a NMC cannot be moved per the terms of that no movement clause. This would automatically exclude them from the draft. This would allow the Penguins to protect Murray. This will probably play out for awhile but I hope the PA gets there way on this one, for now.
Does MAF have a NTC or an NMC? Because there’s a huge difference.
Limited no trade and a no movement
Eat shitt pitt
Spoken like a true inbred. WVU fan I’m guessing. No surprise there.
Nope, I went to PSU. Bring on the Jerry Jokes.
We need to get Ladd Hudler and Nathan to put on a line with Stan Crosby. We would immediately be the favorites.
Did Cal U win its first March Madness game?
like it or not Stan Crosby will never be traded so get used to him . Detach yourself from kessel and malkin for a bit because they wont be with pens in the long term project.
Only way Sid can be traded it will be him wanting to be gone by this bandwagon fan base team
and only place he would maybe go would be the habs because his dad was drafted by the habs and sid favorite team is habs .
Long live Stan Crosby!
haha thought that as soon as i read it. I wonder where I can get a Stan Crosby jersey.
As long as he’s here, you’ll be there to put your tongue right on his dingleberries. Make sure you work in that reach-around Sam
Sundqvist recalled, Simon sent back down.
That’s a good move. Get Fehr back on the wing.
Point per game leaders this season and i dont want to count Mcdavid since he was injured so crosby is 3rd
Patrick kane 1.27
Jamie Benn 1.11
Connor McDavid 1.07
Sidney Crosby 1.04
yeah sid sucks pens should trade him even though he had few months off
Sid is know to have slow starts and this year took a little more then usual but wasnt his fault
when Horny,Perron and Chubby couldnt score when he was passing them
Slow start?! It was the first three months of the fucking season! Slow start!
Also non existent in the playoffs last year
Yep. “He starts slow. He doesn’t finish particularly strong, either.” -Sam, if he didn’t have the mentality of a 6 year old.
Yeah and your Russian hero was
He took last 2 months off. Oh my mistake he was injured but got healed in the plane while going for the WC.
Wanna go to the year before? When Brian Gibbons had more goals than Sid over two rounds?
It’s so ridiculous to write a puff piece like this without acknowledging that they’re scratching and clawing for their playoff lives in large part due to the fact that Crosby took the first half of the season off. Period.
On dk someone said its a shame that sid cant catch kane because he is playing so well. If he showed up for the first 30 games, maybe that wouldnt be the case. That comment brought the sid ballwashers out- haha
Kane line was scoring while sid’s line werent Sad you bandwagons judge someone based on individual points only and not around it
Hahaha. They just weren’t scoring! He was playing so well!! You apologist hack. He sucks. For 35 games. And you know it. Fat ass.
I tough Kessel had the team on his back
Crosby sucks rip that C from his jersey and Trade him
And you know it to be true. Fatty.